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Posted: March 4, 2009 1:15 a.m.
Updated: March 4, 2009 1:00 a.m.

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March 7
Certified sommelier instructor DiMaggio Washington will host wine tasting classes at TPC Valencia. Lunch is provided, class runs 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $84/per class.
March 7, Wines of Italy, Part 1. March 21, Italy, Part 2.
April 11, Wines of Spain, Part 1. April 25, Wines of Spain, Part 2. TPC 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. (661) 288-1995. Students must be 21 years of age or older to enroll. Info: DiMaggio Washington, (310) 720-5401.

March 10
The Knights of Columbus will sponsor the 29th annual 5K run at 9 a.m. at the west end of Pico Canyon Road in Mentryville. Entry forms are available in the Runners Lane show store on Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. Pre-registration is $21 or $27 with a shirt, if received by March 10. Reduced fees for children under 17. Info: (661) 259-4384.

March 13
The Brittany Foundation will host a "Comedy for Canines" fundraiser at 8 p.m. March 13 at JR's Comedy Club in Valencia. Tickets are $20. Info: Michelle Sathe, (661) 242-1812,
March 21
City of Santa Clarita Emergency Expo 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Emergency Expo and learn how to be better prepared for all types of disasters. Demonstrations and displays from fire, sheriff, CHP, public health, CERT, Henry Mayor Hospital, Animal Care and Control. Opportunity to purchase emergency supplies and services. Preparedness learning games for children. Chances to win safety helmets and many other prizes. This event is free. College of the Canyons parking Lot 8 - adjacent to Valenica Blvd. Info:
April 5
"The Newhall Incident" 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. A retired Newhall California Highway Patrol officer, Harry Ingold, one of the first officers on the scene, will speak on the 1979 tragedy where four young CHP officers were gunned down on April 5, 1970, in the lot of a service station on what is now the intersection of the Old Road and Magic Mountain Parkway in Valencia. Held at the Saugus Train Station in Heritage Junction at William S. Hart Park, 24101 Newhall Avenue (formerly San Fernando Road) in Newhall. Info: Pat Saletore or Alan Pollack at (661) 254-1275,

Upcoming events

The Genesis Project at Tesoro Adobe
The County of Los Angeles, Department of Parks and Recreation, presents "The Genesis Project" at Tesoro Adobe Historic Park in Valencia from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through March 6. The show features display panels produced by graphic artist Albert L. Ewing with a photographic overview of the history of the African-American experience in America. Free to the public. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park, 29350 Avenida Rancho Tesoro, Valenica. Info: (661) 259-1750.
Appleseed Shoots at Piru Rifle Range
Wes Thompson's Piru Rifle Range will host Appleseed Shoots on the following dates:
March 7-8
April 18-19
May 23-24
June 20-21
July 18-19
Aug. 22-23
Sept. 19-20
Oct. 17-18
Nov. 14-15
Dec. 12-13

Learn proper shooting techniques and more at this family-friendly event. The Wes Thompson Piru Rifle Range is located at 6700 Holser Canyon Road, Piru, CA 93040. Info:

Lenten Fish Fry at St. Clare's Church
St. Clare's Catholic Church will host its annual Lenten Fish Fry each Friday through April 3. Serving hours are 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the SCV Food Pantry, St. Francis Counseling Center and other local charities. 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country.

Health and Wellness screenings
Blood pressure: Provided by registered nurses, free blood pressure checks are administered every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m.
Tuesday - 10 a.m. to noon: Free hearing screenings by Audiology Associates.
Wednesday - 11 a.m. to noon: Registered Dietitian Lori Robinson provides free glucose testing.
All clinics will be held at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, in Activity Roo­m 3 (site of Adult Day Care Center).
Info: (661) 255-1588,

‘Food for Thought' SCV cookbook
The Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley is collecting recipes by SCV residents for a special cookbook, "Food for Thought - Recipes and Inspirations." Recipes should be submitted as a Word document and include category and contact information. Categories are: appetizers, soups/salads, breads, vegetables, entrees, sauces and desserts. Submit your recipes to Sharyn Quinn at by March 5.

New classes at the Senior Center
Two new activities will be held at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street in room A1.
Mah Jongg - Lorraine Fukumoto and Lori Gilbert will teach Mah Jongg classes from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m Mondays. Info: (661) 254-2840,
Chess Club - The Chess Club will meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m Fridays.

Tax help available at Senior Center
IRS/AARP trained volunteers will be available to complete and file income taxes for seniors at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons through April 15. Appointments are necessary. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Farmer's Market at COC parking lot
The Santa Clarita Farmer's Market is held every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8 in Valencia. Info: (805) 529-6266,

Valencia Library book club
The Valencia Library Book
Club meets the first Thursday of the month in the community room at the library 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
March 5: "Dreams From My Father" by Barack Obama
April 3: "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult

John Boston to hold lecture series
John Boston and the SCV Historical Society will be offering a 10-week lecture series on the history of the Santa Clarita Valley beginning in March or early April. Info: (661) 254-1275,

Rose Society meeting
The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will hold its next meeting at 2:30 p.m. March 8 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. The Greenwood family will be the featured speakers.

Man and Woman of the Year
Nomination applications are available for the Santa Clarita 2009 Man and Woman of the Year. The award honors men and women who have given outstanding volunteer service to the Santa Clarita Valley area. The winners will be announced at a recognition dinner May 8 at the Hyatt Valencia. All applications must be submitted by a nonprofit organization by Friday. Info:, (661) 298-1220.

Hart cheer try-out meeting
Hart High School Spirit Club will hold an information meeting at 7 p.m. March 12 in the Hart High School cafeteria for those interested in being part of the 2009-10 Hart cheerleading team. Meeting is mandatory for parents and students who want to try out. Hart High School, 24825 N. Newhall Ave. Info:,

Sierra Hillbillies St. Patrick's Dance
The Sierra Hillbillies Square and Round Dance Club will host its monthly dance on March 13 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. This will be our St. Patrick's Dance with Cindy Mower cueing round dancing starting at 7:30 p.m. Cindy will be alternating with Dennis Mineau, who will be calling square dancing beginning at 8:00 p.m. Info: Joanne, (661) 250-8828,

Search and Rescue's ‘12 Weeks, 12 Hikes'
The Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue Team will hold the "12 Weeks, 12 Hikes" challenge from March 15 through May 31. Adult registration is $50. Info:

Santa Clarita Track Club meeting
Santa Clarita Track Club is accepting sign-ups for the 2009 youth track and field season. Team membership is open to boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 16. Athletes may not be members of a high school track team. Practices will begin in March. Meets are held on Saturdays from March 28 through May 17. Info: (661) 755-6197,

New youth football team
The Saugus Spartan Youth Football team is looking for members. Cost is $490. Age and weight restrictions apply. Practices and home games will be held at Saugus High School. Info:

Travel Club meets at Barnes and Noble
The Travel Club of Santa Clarita meets 6:30 p.m. second Monday of each month at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Free gathering of people who want to learn about travel. People share their international and domestic travels with pictures and dialog. Info: Gwen, (661) 252-5806.

‘Toastmaster' public speaking group
The "Specialty Toastmaster Club" meets every other Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. in the Specialty Labs' Theater at 27027 Tourney Road. Meetings are for people who want to learn, practice and improve public speaking skills. Info: (661) 210-2435.

Sports Club meeting
California's Complete Sports Club, also known as Century City Ski Club, meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Marie Callendar's across from Magic Mountain on The Old Road in Valencia. Membership is open to anyone 21 or older. Info:, Don Gately, (661) 255-8873.

Relay for Life kick-off meeting
The American Cancer Society SCV Relay for Life will hold an informational meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 5 in the Conference Center at Residence Inn by Marriott, 25320 The Old Road. Info:

Adult Classic Fishing Derby
The 2009 Spring Adult Classic Fishing Derby will be held from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 7 at Apollo Park, 4555 West Avenue G, Lancaster. Cash prizes will be given for first through tenth place for the heaviest trout caught. Participants must bring their own gear. Fishing license required. Admission is $15 presale, $20 at the door. Info: (661) 775-8865.

LETMESAIL March calendar
LETMESAIL, (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living) for teenagers and adults with disabilities
will be hosting the following March events for registered clients:
March 4 - 10 a.m.-11 a.m. - Anchors Aweigh Dance Class - Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
March 7 - 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Viva Las Vegas Night - Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
March 10 - 10 a.m. - Anchors Aweigh Hike Day, Rice Canyon. Please call LMS office for meeting location.
March 11 - 9 a.m.-11 a.m. - Anchors Aweigh Community Service Day, Hunger Defense Fund, 26450 Reuther Avenue.
March 13 - Bunko Night - 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
March 16 - Cooking Club - 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. - Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
March 17 - 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Art Experience: Burst into Spring Flower Pots - Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
March 21 - 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. - Hang Loose: Bowl Your Hearts Out Bowling Night - Valencia Lanes, 23700 Lyons Avenue.
March 23 - 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - LMS Drama Club - Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
March 25 - Anchors Aweigh: Wellness Wednesday Restful Hearts - Regional Center 28470 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100
March 26 - Tae Bo Exercise Class - 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. - Santa Clarita Christian Center, 26017 Huntington Lane, Suite B.
March 30 - LMS Drama Club - 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
RSVP required by contacting Chris at LETMESAIL. Volunteer opportunities are available. Info: (661) 702-8555 or

AT&T Golf seeks ‘Classic' volunteers
The city of Santa Clarita is looking for volunteers to participate in the 2009 AT&T Champions Golf Classic at the Valencia Country Club March 9-15. Info:

SCV Computer Club meeting
The Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club will meet at 6 p.m. March 11 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street. Rich Jaffke will demonstrate Directory Opus, an alternative to Windows Explorer. David Harris will talk about Portable Emergency Medical Records, as well as a presentation on "Milestones in the History of Personal Computers." Arnie Kazdoy will demonstrate Windows 7. Info: (661) 252-8852,,

Saugus High Cheer Clinic
The Saugus High School Cheer Clinic for K-8th grade students will be held 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 14. Learn all about cheering with the Saugus High School Cheerleaders in the Saugus High Gym. Info: Shari Ramsey (661) 297-5134
$30 if registered by March 10th, $35 for late or walk in registrations.

First Presbyterian Church yard sale
The First Presbyterian Church in Newhall will hold its spring yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon March 14 on the church's front lawn, 24317 N. Newhall Ave. Info: (661) 259-0555.

Math/Science conference
The SCV branch of the American Association of University Women will sponsor the 10th annual Math/Science Conference for seventh and eighth grade girls from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 21 at Golden Valley High School. $10. Info: (661) 254-2403.

Distinguished speaker series
Congregation Beth Shalom will host talk/radio personality Bill Handel at 8 p.m. March 21. General seating tickets are $40. Patron Package tickets, which include reserved seating and exclusive wine and cheese reception, are $90. 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway. Info: (661) 254-2411.

Slam and Jam basketball tourney
The Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley will hold a "Slam and Jam 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament" March 21 at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex. $140 per team. Info: (661) 253-2121,

Small business bailout clinic
The Courtyard by Marriott in Santa Clarita will host a small business bailout clinic from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 27. 28523 Westinghouse Place, Santa Clarita. Info: Connie Sparks, (661) 208-8229.

Zonta Club will honor volunteers
Zonta Club of SCV will honor outstanding volunteers at the 2009 Women In Service Celebration brunch March 28 at Robinson Ranch Clubhouse. $30 per person. Reservations are required. Nominate a local nonprofit volunteer by visiting and clicking on ‘Events.' Info: (661) 252-9351.



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