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Posted: March 28, 2009 11:59 p.m.
Updated: March 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Motivational speaker
Salt Creek Grille will host an organ and tissue donor drive from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at their Valencia Town Center location, 24415 Town Center Drive #115, Valencia. The event features guest waiter and Saugus resident Dan Trujillo who after playing professional baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays, faced death before successfully receiving a heart transplant. Info: (661) 222-9999.

Recycle drive for your electronics
The GRANDS Project is sponsoring an electronics recycling drive to benefit local seniors from 9 a.m. to3 p.m. Sunday, March 29 at SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. Computers, TVs, cell phones and more can be recycled free of charge. Info: Jan Fear, (661) 299-1561.

LETMESAIL March calendar
LETMESAIL, (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living) for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host the following March events for registered clients:
March 30 - LMS Drama Club - 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
Info: RSVP required (661) 702-8555 or letmesail1@sbcglobal.net. Visit www.letmesail.org. Volunteer opportunities are available.

Preparing for an interview
Hosted by COC Career Services. 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at College of the Canyons, room SCOH-103, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Job interview preparation and tips to avoid common mistakes. Info: (661) 362-3286.

Golf tournament and wine tasting
To benefit Single Mothers Outreach from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 at Robinson Ranch Golf Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Afternoon golf tournament and Californian wine tasting including barbecue lunch and a silent auction. Tickets are $185 per person, $750 for four. Info: (661) 607-6886, www.singlemothersoutreach.org.

COC presents "A Doll's House"
The college's theater department will present the Tony award winning revival "A Doll's House" 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 5 at the Black Box Theater in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. The play has stirred controversy and remained relevant for over a century. Admission is $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Info: PAC Box Office (661) 362-5304, www.canyons.edu/offices/pio/cnayonspac/index.html.

Grief and loss presentation
A free community presentation on coping with grief will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2 at Santa Clarita City Hall, Century Room (first floor), 23920 Valencia Blvd. Grief counselor Jeff Zhorne, director of The Grief Program will cover loss, death, divorce, and general grieving strategies. Info: (661) 733-0692.

Castaic Education Golf Tournament
5th annual Castaic Education Foundation Golf Tournament at 7:30 a.m. Friday, April 3 at Robinson Ranch Golf Course, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Includes breakfast, round of golf, lunch, raffle prizes and more. Info: (661) 373-4574, www.castaiceducation.org.

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.
April 3: "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult.

AARP Driver Safety Program
The AARP will host a two-part driving safety class for seniors Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. Class registration is available at SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. Class fee is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. Info: (661) 259-4444.

Comic store hosts ‘Freaky Creatures'
Brave New World Comics will host its first in-store "Freaky Creatures" tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at their Newhall location, 22722 Lyons Ave. #6. Prizes will be awarded to the survivors of the online creature building and battling game in which players customize and pit their creatures against the elements. Free. Info: mail@bravenewworldcomics.com.

Runners Club 5K Run/Walk
The Santa Clarita Runners Club will host the 27th annual Women's 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 4 at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. This year's run will benefit the Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita and feature a "Kiddie K" for boys and girls. Cost is $25 before March 30 and $5 after or on race day. "Kiddie K" begins at 7:45 a.m. and costs $10. Info: www.scrunners.org.

ALS support group in SCV
The ALS Association will host an ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) support group meeting 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. People with ALS along, their family and friends are welcome. Info: Kimberly Daughton, (818) 865-8067 ext: 225.

Senior Center "Calendar Girls"
"Calendar Girls" will be the Senior Center's movie presentation at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at 22900 Market St., Newhall. The 2003 British comedy is based on a true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for cancer research. The Senior Center is a wheelchair friendly atmosphere. Suggested donation of $1 and $.25 for popcorn. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Senior Center Braille Institute
The Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for assistance to the visually impaired from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. The Braille Van offers a variety of services including the sale of assistive devices, library services registration, and resource referrals. Appointments: John Taylor at the Senior Center (661) 259-9444, ext. 125.

Community and Senior Services
Community & Senior Services will host an information session on the future of senior entitlement programs in Los Angeles Country from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 10 at the Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Senior citizens, local representatives, caregivers, and senior service providers will all take part in the discussion regarding the doubling of the senior population slated to transpire in the next two decades. Info: Ann Miller (213) 738-2932 or Brad Berens (661) 259-9444.

Sierra Hillbillies April dance
The Sierra Hillbillies Square and Round Dance Club will hold its Spring Fling Dance 7:15 p.m. Friday, April 10 at the SCV Senior Center, 2900 Market St., Newhall. Cindy Mower will initiate round dancing at 7:30 p.m., followed by square dancing with Bill Horst at 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public. Info: Joanne, (661) 250-8828, www.sierrahillbillies.org.

Sierra Hillbillies beginners class
The Sierra Hillbillies Square and Round Dance Club will continue square dance classes for beginners at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mitchell Elementary School, 16821 Goodvale Road, Canyon Country. Singles and couples are welcome as well as experienced dancers looking to brush up on their skills. The first class is free and subsequent classes are $5. Info: Joanne, (661) 250-8828, www.sierrahillbillies.org.

COC beer tasting event
College of the Canyons Foundation will host a beer tasting event at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17 at the College of the Canyons Library, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Participants can explore beer textures and tastes and gourmet appetizers. Tickets are $50 per person. Participants must be 21 year of age or older and are asked to purchase tickets by April 10. Info: (661) 362-3737, www.canyons.edu/foundation.

Dance-off with Santa Clarita STARS
The STARS Regional Dance Competition - featuring the Santa Clarita STARS National Dance Team - will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 17 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Valencia High School gymnasium, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. 250 STARS dancers from across California and Oregon will compete at this free, open event in an assortment of dance styles. Info: STARS National Dance (661) 298-0677 or The Dance Experiment studio (661) 251-7460.

Canyon Library used book sale
The Friends of the Libraries will sponsor a one-day used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the JoAnne Darcy Canyon Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Funds raised will benefit all three Santa Clarita libraries. Member pre-sale will be held 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Friday, April 17. Book donations are welcome. Info: Dorothy (661) 252-3980 or Lois (661) 252-2255.

Vocal auditions for Dodger Day
Santa Clarita Valley Dodger Day is Sunday, April 19. The Santa Clarita Dodger Day Committee is accepting vocalist auditions for a stadium performance of the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium on SCV Dodger Day. Video auditions are currently being accepted. Info: (661) 255-4918, www.santa-clarita.com.

Cancer survivors breakfast
The Hughes Family Foundation and Relay For Life will host a breakfast for cancer survivors from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23 at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia Westridge, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Stevenson Ranch. Cancer survivors 18 years of age and older and minors accompanied by adult, are welcome to enjoy breakfast and hear guest speaker, Alexander Black, MD, clinical professor of medicine at the Division of Hematology-Oncology at UCLA. RSVP by April 14. Info: Nora Christie, (661) 254-6583, specialevents@scvrelay.org.

Local musicians unplugged show
The SCV Songwriters and Composers Circle will sponsor an acoustic music showcase from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at the Egg Plantation, 24415 Walnut St., Newhall. Artists will perform originals as well as covers. The show is free and open to both adults and children. Info: www.myspace.com/scvsongcircle.

American Cancer Society gala
The American Cancer Society will host its inaugural Santa Clarita Valley gala on Sunday, August 2 at the Tournament Players Club (TPC), 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. The Tuscan-themed event will feature live entertainment, food, and wine and aims to raise funds for cancer research and those battling the disease. Sponsors are needed. Info: Tameka Payne, (661) 298-0886, www.cancer.org.

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.
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, dsevanian@scvsc.org.

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, www.vccfarmersmarket.com.

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 early April. Info: (661) 254-1275, www.scvhs.org.

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 through May 31. Adult registration is $50. Info: www.scvrescue.com.

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 March 28 through May 17. Info: (661) 755-6197, www.runstorm.org.

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: jdwatkins3@hotmail.com.

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: www.ccscsports.org, Don Gately, (661) 255-8873.

Valencia Library events
The Valencia Library will host various events at the Valencia Library meeting room, 23743 Valencia Blvd. Info: (661) 259-8942, syamamoto@library.lacounty.gov.
April 16 - 7 p.m.-8 p.m. - William Clark presents "Shakespeare in Song" combining his musical skills with the sonnets of Shakespeare.
April 18 - 11 a.m. - Doug Miller presents an informative discussion on how to get started researching your families genealogy.
April 18 - 2 p.m.-4 p.m. - A.J. Currado will teach a watercolor workshop focusing on basic technique and color theory.
April 19 - 2 p.m.-3 p.m. - Simi Advani will teach a Yoga Laughter class, focusing on simple laughter techniques and deep breathing for relaxation.

Women's Springtime Lunch
Valencia Women's Connection will host "Sweet Springtime Luncheon" at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 9 at the Santa Clarita Activity Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. The luncheon will feature guest speaker Clara Barclay and cake decorating demonstrations. Info: Glenda Lundberg, (661) 297-5589.

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