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Posted: April 11, 2009 6:15 p.m.
Updated: April 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

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April 18

Circle of Hope will host the fifth annual Walk for Hope 5K Saturday, April 18. Event includes the People's Choice Car Show, vendors, and dogs available to adoption. Info: www.circleofhopeinc.org, (661) 254-5218.

April 19
Assistance League 5K Run/Walk begins 6 a.m. Sunday, April 19 at Newhall Park. Corner of Newhall and Dalbey Avenue, Newhall. Run/walk from Newhall Park to South Fork Trail and back and includes a 1K Kids Fun Run. Info: (661) 253-3114.

SCV Youth Project to host fourth annual ‘Bowling For Youths' will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at Valencia Lanes in Newhall. The SCV Youth Project provides free on-campus support services. Corporate Sponsor - $250. Family Package - $100. Individual - $50. To register a team, visit www.HelpNotHassle.org or call (800) 257-YOUTH.

April 23
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, Valencia. Cancer survivors 18 years of age and older and minors accompanied by adult, are welcome. RSVP by April 14. Info: Nora Christie (661) 254-6583, specialevents@scvrelay.org.

April 25-26
The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Melody Ranch in Placerita Canyon. Parking at Railroad Avenue and 13th Street in Newhall. Tickets: $20. Music, food, entertainment. To purchase tickets by phone, call the City of Santa Clarita's Arts and Events office at (661) 286-4021. Info: www.cowboyfestival.org.

May 3
The 21st annual Taste of the Town - Santa Clarita's premiere food and wine tasting event. Tickets: General admission $50 or reserved umbrella seating $85. Diamond drop $25. Info: www.childfamilycenter.org.

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

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.

Search and Rescue's ‘12 Weeks, 12 Hikes'
The Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue Team will hold the "12 Weeks, 12 Hikes" challenge 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 through May 17. Info: (661) 755-6197, www.runstorm.org.

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. to 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. to 4 p.m. - A.J. Currado will teach a watercolor workshop focusing on basic technique and color theory.
April 19 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Simi Advani will teach a Yoga Laughter class, focusing on simple laughter techniques and deep breathing for relaxation.

Braille Solutions SCV Senior Center
The Braille Institute's Mobile Solutions Van will visit the SCV Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. The Braille Institute's Mobile Solutions Van offers services to the visually impaired without requiring a visit to the Braille Institute. Info: John Taylor, (661) 259-9444 ext. 125.

Newhall Library Game Lounge
The Newhall Library will host Game Lounge from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at Newhall Library, 22704 West 9th St., Newhall. Students grade 6 through 12 are welcome attend. The free program includes video and board games as well as free prizes and snacks. Info: www.colapublib.org/libs/newhall/

Supervisors seek senior stakeholders
Representatives of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will visit the SCV Senior Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 10 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. In preparation for an increase in the senior citizen population of Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors seeks to solicit senior's input on county resources and services. Info: Ann Miller, (213) 738-2932.

Senior movie is ‘Calendar Girls'
"Calendar Girls" will be the Senior Center's movie presentation 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at 22900 Market St., Newhall. The Senior Center is a wheelchair friendly atmosphere. Suggested donation of $1 and $.25 for popcorn. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Senior Center Health Awareness
The Senior Center will celebrate L.A. County's "Public Health Week" with a health awareness forum 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 22900 Market St., Newhall. JoAnna Levinson, L.A. County Nurse and Community Liaison will host the discussion. Info: (661) 259-9444, www.scvseniorcenter.org.

Senior Advance Directives forum
The Senior Center will present a forum on "advance directives" 1 - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 in the Activity Room, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Henry Mayo's Case Manager, Michael Magnusen, will discuss the process of notifying doctors of preferential care in advance, in case one becomes unable to make medical decisions. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588, ext 138.

Computer Club viruses/browsing
The Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club will hold information sessions on the latest Web browsers and anti-virus software at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 at the Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. Web-browser meeting begins at 6 p.m. and the anti-virus discussion is at 7 p.m. Coffee, cookies, and free admission. Info: (661) 252-8852 or www.scvpcg.org.

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. Appointments: John Taylor at the Senior Center (661) 259-9444, ext. 125.

Senior Services info session
Community & Senior Services (CSS) 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.

Women's  Springtime lunch
Valencia Women's Connection will host "Sweet Springtime Luncheon" 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.

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.

Easter fun at Granary Square
The Neighborhood Merchants of Granary Square will host "Hippity Hop over to Granary Square" from 12 p.m to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 25846 McBean Parkway, Valencia. This free event will feature treasure hunts and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Pets are welcome.

Scrapbooking for autism
The Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network will host a Crop for Autism event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at Remember When Scrapbooking, 24922 Anza Drive, Suite B, Valencia. Activities will include breakfast and lunch; contests; raffles; and a fully equipped crop room. Tickets are $40 per person. Proceeds will benefit SCAAN's autism awareness program. Info: (661) 254-7802, www.rememberwhenscrap.com, www.scaan.org.

Hart Park Easter Eggstravaganza
Egg hunt, music and family games will be held noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 12 at
William S. Hart Park, Ranch House lawns, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall.

Senior Center health lecture
The Senior Center will host a discussion on happiness and health 1 - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in the Activity Room, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Psychologist Lynette Soto will discuss growth and joy as natural anti-depressants. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588, ext 138.

Self defense for women at COC
A three part series. Session 1: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. Session 2: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Session 3: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29. Session 1 meets at Hasley Hall 206, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Session 2 and 3 will meet at WPEK 105 also located on the COC campus. Personal safety instruction for women only. Info: (661) 362-3686.

Start Smart class for teens at CHP
The Start Smart class is aimed at helping newly licensed drivers and future licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. Teens attend this class with their parent(s). The class is held at the Newhall Area California Highway Patrol Station, 28648 The Old Road, Valencia. Classes wil be held April 16, May 19, June 23, July 23, Aug. 18 and Sept. 22. Attendees need to RSVP (661) 294-5540 and provide name, parent name and daytime telephone number.

Embroiderers meeting
The SCV Embroiderer's Guild of America chapter will hold its next meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at Golden Valley High School, room 603, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Santa Clarita. Non-members are welcome and all forms and levels of embroidery, knitting, and crocheting are appropriate.

COC Beer Tasting event
College of the Canyons Foundation will host a beer tasting event 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.

Life of Henry Mayo Newhall
The San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society will host a talk on Henry Mayo Newhall by Tony Newhall 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 at Chatsworth Train Station, Chamber of Commerce Room, 10038 Old Depot Plaza Road, Chatsworth. Tony Newhall, Henry Mayo Newhall's great-grandson and former publisher of The Signal, will discuss the man who founded the town of Newhall. Donations are welcome. Info: John Lindsay, (818) 349-0478.

Library book sale in Canyon Country
The Friends of the Libraries will sponsor a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at JoAnne Darcy Canyon Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Funds from the sale will benefit three city libraries and donations for the sale are welcomed at Canyon Library prior to the event. Info: Dorothy (661) 252-3980 or Lois (661) 252-2255.

Austism/ADHD book signing
Barrie Silberberg, author of The Autism & ADHD Diet, will sign copies of her book 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Boulevard, Valencia. The author will also discuss the book. Info: (661) 254-6604.

Landscaping class at CLWA
Castaic Lake Water Agency will host a landscaping education class 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18 at Castaic Lake Water Agency, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Topic will be irriation basics. Info: (661) 513-1230, www.clwa.org.

Appleseed Shoots at Piru Rifle Range
Wes Thompson's Piru Rifle Range will host Appleseed Shoots on the following dates:
April 18-19
May 23-24

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: www.appleseedinfo.org.

STARS Regional dance competition
The STARS Regional Dance Competition will be held at the Valencia High School Gymnasium 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday April 17 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday April 18. More than 250 STARS dancers from six different teams throughout California and Oregon will compete. The dances will consist of routines in the Solo, Duet, Trio, Individual Team Routine, and Entire Team divisions in jazz, hip hop, lyrical and open categories. Public welcome. Info: (661) 298-0677, the STARS National Dance Program Headquarters or The Dance Experience dance studio at (661) 251-7460.

SFV Genealogical Society to meet
"Land Research - United States" will be the topic of speaker Jon Schweitzer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, meeting of the San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society at the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, Chatsworth Train Station, 10038 Old Depot Plaza Road, Chatsworth. Schweitzer will discuss the reasons for using land records in genealogical research, resources in the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center, links on the Internet, where to find the records and land survey systems and maps of the United States. Guests are welcome. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Info: John Lindsay (818) 349-0978.

‘Off the Grid’ meeting
SCV Off the Grid will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 at Saturn of Santa Clarita, in the upstairs meeting room, 23645 Creekside Boulevard, Valencia. Off the Grid promotes solar, wind and watershed technologies in the SCV. Neighborhood energy conversion and cooperation with local HOAs will be discussed. RSVPs requested. Info: Steve Kassel, (661) 259-3704, www.SCVOfftheGrid.com.

Rock Club metal and gold
The Sierra Pelona Rock Club monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Greenbrier Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Metal detectors and gold panning, followed by demos and questions answered from experienced members. Info: Mike Serino (661) 255-5243 or www.sierrapelona.com.

Hopalong Cassidy Night at library
The Newhall Library will host Hopalong Cassidy Cowboy Night 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 at Newhall Library, 22704 West 9th Street, Newhall. This free adult program is a tribute to the cowboy movie star and the actor who portrayed him. Attendees in western attire will be eligible to win prizes. Info: (661) 259-0750.

Senior Center ‘The Aging Brain’
The Senior Center will present a forum on “Memory and the Aging Brain” 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 in the Activity Room, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Providence Holy Cross’ Dr. Amy Goff will host the discussion. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588, ext 138.

Senior Center energy efficiency
The Energy Coalition and The City of Santa Clarita will present a workshop on energy efficiency 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 23 at the Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Residents will also have an opportunity to learn of the recent energy retrofits that the Senior Center has received. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588, ext 138.

SCV Newcomers and Ffriends meet
Newcomers and Friends of Santa Clarita will meet for coffee 10:30 a.m Thursday, April 23 at Panera Bread, 24133 Baywood Lane, Valencia. Ladies who are new to SCV are especially encouraged to attend. www.newcomersandfriendsofsantaclarita.com. (Ed. note: there is no hyphen in the Web site.)

Discovering careers
The Hart School District, SCV School and Business Alliance, and College of the Canyons are among the sponsors of SCV’s second Annual Discovering Careers program. The program will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. The program, designed to foster career exploration, welcomes students ages 5 to 20 years old. Presentations and demonstrations from local businesses and organizations will continue throughout the day. Info: (661) 753-5740 ext. 776, www.hartdistrict.org/discover.

Water Safety Expo and Event
The Academy Swim Club will hold its 10th annual April Pools Day 2 – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at Academy Swim Club, 28079 Smyth Drive, Valencia. The events will focus on water safety and drowning prevention. Info: (661) 702-8585, www.swim4life.com.

Book club monthly meeting
The Egg Plantation will host this month’s Newhall Book Club meeting 4-5 p.m., Monday, April 27 at 24415 Walnut St., Newhall. April’s selection is Zora Neale Hurston’s American classic, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” This free program is open to all adult readers, 18 and over. Info: (661) 259-0750 or www.colapublib.org/libs/newhall.

Scooter’s Jungle YMCA fundraiser
The SCV YMCA will hold a fundraiser for kids and adults 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at Scooter’s Jungle, 28230 Constellation Road, Valencia. Scooter’s Jungle is a themed, indoor playground. The fundraiser will help the YMCA continue to offer services to families who cannot otherwise afford them. Tickets can be purchased at the YMCA at 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Tickets are $10 for kids (age 2 and under are free) and $5 for adults. Pizza and beverages will be available for a nominal fee. Admission can be purchased at the door by cash or check. Info: (661) 253-3593, www.ymcala.org/scv.

Senior Center home safety

The Senior Center will host a discussion on home safety 1p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 in the Activity Room, 22900 Market St., Newhall. The American Red Cross’ Birgit Castleman will host the discussion. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588, ext 138.

COC hosts scholarly presentation
College of the Canyons will host “Busology: Standing Behind the Yellow Line” at 7 p.m. April 29. The annual scholarly presentation will be held on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC. Info: (661) 362-5604.

Annual teacher tribute
SCV Education Foundation’s 25th Annual Teacher Tribute. 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at the Performing Arts Center, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Reception and program honoring teachers from the Castaic, Newhall, Saugus and Sulphur Springs school districts. Info: (661) 414-4465, www.scveducationfoundation.org.

Black business networking mixer
The SCV Black Business Committee will host its networking mixer 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at the El Torito Mexican Grill, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Introduce your business while enjoying Happy Hour cocktails, appetizers, and dinner. Free admission. Free raffle tickets for those who arrive before 5:30 p.m. Info: Kacey Thorps (661) 294-5290.

Boy and Girl Scout Dodger game
Girl Scout Troop 8882 is organizing a Boy Scout/Girl Scout Family Dodger game at 12:40 p.m. May 9. Scouts who attend the game will have a chance to present the flags during the national anthem. Tickets are $15. Info: (661) 288-2126, LTFAN98@aol.com.

“Fight it 5K” race and walk-a-thon
The eight annual “Fight it! 5K” race and walk-a-thon will be held at 8 a.m. May 16. Event raises funds for the Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund. Registration prices vary. Info: www.fightit5k.com, www.bmcf.net, (818) 535-5616.

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