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Posted: April 28, 2009 9:48 p.m.
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Sunday
2009 Arthritis Walk in the Park at Magic Mountain, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Six Flags Magic Mountain- 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Individuals who raise $150 or more earn a free ticket into the park. Info: Patty Williams (818) 995-7378. www.arthritiswalkmm.org

The 21st annual Taste of the Town - Santa Clarita's premiere food and wine tasting event will be held 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mann BioMedical Park in Valencia to benefit the Child & Family Center. More than 30 of the SCV's finest restaurants, caterers, wine vendors and micro-brewers will serve up tastes. Live entertainment by Mark LeVang & Friends and a silent auction. Tickets: General admission $50 or reserved umbrella seating $85. Diamond drop $25. Info: www.childfamilycenter.org.

May 8
The 2009 SCV Man and Woman of the Year Dinner will be held 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Valencia. This annual event honors a SCV man and woman who have demonstrated extrodinary volunteer services to several non-profits over many years. Info: Joyce Carson, (661) 2977961. E-mail: joycar47@yahoo.com, www.manwoman.com.

May 9
Pet Expo USA will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons. Cesar Millan, "The Dog Whisperer" to appear and "Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog" is scheduled to perform. Pet entertainment, celebrities, food, music, vendors, petting zoo, pony rides, adoptions. Info: (661) 210-6885, e-mail: mbucks@petexpousa.net, www.petexpousa.net.

May 17
Temple Beth Ami will host a Jewish Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at the Bridgeport Marketplace, at the corner of McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. Info: (661) 296-0552.

May 18
The fourth annual Zonta Golf Tournament at Robinson Ranch Golf Course has golf reservations and sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsorships range from $150 to $5,000, individual golfers can register for $175 each, includes golf cart, lunch on the course, a buffet awards ceremony, and gift bag. On course activities include hole-in-one contests, closest to the pin contests. Info: (661) 252-9351.

Upcoming Events

Spirit Games needs volunteers
Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley 2009 Regional Spirit Games will be at Saturday, May 16 at Newhall Park, Boys & Girls Club, Placerita Junior High and Hart High. The games need about 600 volunteers. Contact Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley office at (661)253-2121 or visit santaclarita@sosc.org.

Red Cross honors heroes
The Red Cross is currently seeking nominations for SCV residents who have taken action in a time of crisis to help others in the past year and consistently show exemplary compassion. The American Red Cross will hold its annual "Hometown Heroes Recognition Breakfast" 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11 at the Valencia Hyatt, 2455 Town Center Valley, Valencia. All proceeds from the event will benefit Red Cross emergency response and educational services in Santa Clarita. Application forms can be downloaded at heroes.hometownstation.com and accepted until June 15. Info: (661) 259-1805.

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

Soccer signups until May 31
Registration for the upcoming Fall AYSO soccer season will take place April through May 31 for the Santa Clarita Valley. There are a series of walk-in registrations at local schools, though one can also be registered online. AYSO Region 678 is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that provides age-specific soccer programs for children from age 5 to 18. Parent-volunteers welcome. Info: www.ayso678.com.

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 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.

Senior Center home safety
The Senior Center will host a discussion on home safety 1 p.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" 7 p.m. Wednesday, 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' at COC
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. Spotlight presentation. Free raffle tickets for those who arrive before 5:30 p.m. Info: Kacey Thorps (661) 294-5290.

‘Beauty and the Beast' from D.E.E.
D.E.E. Studio Productions Performing Arts Academy, under the direction of Nancy Horak will present he one act junior version (featuring a younger cast) and the two act version (the older cast) of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Audiences are invited to a ‘Meet & Greet' for autographs and pictures with Belle and the rest of the cast, directly following each performance. All shows are free and open to the public. The Valencia Marketplace Amphitheater Thursday, April 30, Friday, May 1, Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3. Curtain: 6:30 p.m. and ... Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 matinee performances - curtain: 2 p.m. Info: (661) 254-4543 or e-mail: dsptalent@aol.com.

Goddess Charity and Fun Night
Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country will host a
Goddess Charity and Fun Night benefiting Circle of Hope 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 30. Vendors, mini-services for a small fee, wine and snacks, and raffle. Bring a new friend and receive a free raffle ticket. Circle of Hope assists people who are dealing with breast cancer who live, work or receive treatment in the SCV. (661) 252-0650.

Sierra Club group hike events
SCV Sierra Club has the following group hike events available to the community. Hikers advised to wear lug soles and bring water, plus lunch. Rain cancels.
Sunday, May 3 - Fish Canyon - Moderate six to eight mile hike, 300' gain with many stream crossings. Meet 9 a.m. at Santa Clarita Rideshare. Info: (661) 252-2393.
Saturday, May 9 - Liebre Mountain - Moderate six mile hike, 1700' elevation gain. Meet 9 a.m. at Santa Clarita Rideshare. Info: (661) 252-2393.
Sunday, May 17 - PCT Ramble Mojave-Tehachapi - See one of the largest wind farms in North America. Hike five miles through wildflowers and wind farm on a little used section of the PCT. Meet 8 a.m. at Canyon Country rideshare. Info: (661) 254-8543 or (661) 297-4079.

Work Source workshops
The City of Santa Clarita and Work Source California present workshops focused on increasing job search results. Register at Santa Clarita WorkSource, 20655 Soledad canyon Road, Suite 25, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 424-1062.
Tuesday, May 5 - Networking Job Club. Think outside the box in this workshop. Get professional career advice, creating marketing and job search tips, and networking. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Thursday, May 7 - Interviewing Skills - Gain more confidence, pick up tips and advice that you never knew. From 9 am to noon.
Friday, May 8 - Enterprise Zone - Learn what the Enterprise Zone program is and how it may help you find employment close to home. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Monday, May 11 - Practice Interviewing - Put what you learned in Interviewing Skills to the test. You will be taped during a mock interview, with analysis afterwards on body language and much more. From 9 am to noon
Tuesday, May 12 - CalJobs/Internet Job Search - Learn to complete a resume and/or applications online, as well as attaching your resume. This workshop also takes you through the process of signing up for CalJobs and exploring what it has to offer. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Shopping night to benefit WeSpark
McKenna & Greene will host a fun shopping
night 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1 to benefit WeSpark, a cancer support center in the SCV. Enjoy wine and cheese and shop for great Mom's Day gifts. 15 percent will be donated back to the charity. McKenna & Greene, 27951 Seco
Canyon Road at Copper Hill Dr., Saugus. (661) 296-0935.

City hosts pet vaccination clinic
Annual Pet Vaccination Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 at Central Park 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Low-cost vaccinations, license renewal and free micro-chipping. Rabies $6, a six-in-one vaccination including Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenze and Parvovius for $14 and the Bordetella vaccination for $11. Licensing for spayed or neutered pets is $20 and $60 for unaltered pets. All dogs must be on leashes. Info: Jon Bischetsrieder, (661) 286-4184, Jennifer Killian, (661) 286-4193, www.santa-clarita.com.

Free comic book day in Newhall
Brave New World, 22722 Lyons Ave., Newhall will host free comic book day 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2. Line forms at 9 a.m. Free comics, games, prizes, art lessons, music, creator signings, gaming demos, fun. While supplies last. Info: (661) 259-4745, e-mail atom@bravenewworldcomics.com.

Hart Park family swap meet
Hart "Family Swap Meet" Saturday, 2nd May, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Swap meet, displays, music and information services. William S. Hart Park, Newhall Avenue, downtown Newhall.

Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast
The Kiwanis Club of Santa Clarita will host a Youth Benefit Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2 in front of Caston's and Dave's Meats, 23736 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Donation $4 includes pancakes, sausage and drink.

Free feng shui seminar at library
Free feng shui seminar by Master Jenny Liu, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Newhall Library, 22704 W. Ninth St. Newhall. Empower your life through strategically designing your home and office. Info: (661) 259-0750.

Castaic Walk/Run at Lake Castaic
The 13th annual Castaic 1K/5K Walk/Run around Castaic Lake wil be held 8 a.m. Sunday, May 3. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Forms and information available at www.castaicareatowncouncil.org or www.active.com.

New teams being formed for Flyers
California Flyers All Stars are now forming new teams. Clinic Evaluations will be held May 4-13 at GymcheerUSA. Ages 4 and up. Everyone makes a team. Beginner - Advanced. Info: (661) 299-6849.

Breakfast with the Gibbons fundraiser
The Breakfast with the Gibbons Fundraiser will be held 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9. The event includes a guided tour of the largest group of gibbons (small apes) in the Americas (including infants), a vegan breakfast, gift shop, and question and answer session with founder Alan Mootnick. Hear the gibbons "sing" their haunting territorial call - a truly remarkable and unforgettable experience. Adult $35, Senior $30, Teen $15, Child $10 (under 3 free), GCC members get $5 discount off admission. 9100 Esguerra Road, Saugus. Info: Alan Mootnick, (661) 296-2737. E-mail: info@gibboncenter.org, www.gibboncenter.org

Water awareness open house
Castaic Lake Water Agency open house will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus, located at the top of the driveway above Central Park. Celebrate Water Awareness month at our annual public open house. Fnd water saving tips and information. All local water purveyors will attend. Free composting class and free landscape education class on water management/audit of your yard. Free refreshments, kids jumper, balloons and children's activities in beautiful 10 acre garden. Info: Karen Denkinger, (661) 513-1230. E-mail: kdenkinger@clwa.org. www.clwa.org.

CLWA Landscape Education series
The Castaic Lake Water Agency Landscape Education Program - Learn how to conserve water while you beautify your landscape with free monthly workshops held at Rio Vista Treatment Plant & Conservatory Garden, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road (next to Central Park), Saugus. Info: (661) 513-1230.
Saturday, May 9 - Water Management/Audit
Saturday, June 20 - Turf Selection/Maintenance

Fibromyalgia awareness
In recognition of National Fibromyalgia Awareness day, the SCV Senior Center will host a discussion with Joshua Potter, Esq., who specializes in fibro-related Social Security disability claims. Free. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (805) 813-1028.

Drums of the world at library
Newhall Library presents "Marcus Miller: Drums of the World." Children learn how to use drums to express themselves, share ideas, and tap into their inner rhythm in this hands-on, interactive workshop. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Free. 22704 West 9th St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-0750.

Body image discussion at COC
Film and panel discussion about eating disorders and body image in men/women.
"Recovery...It's a Journey, Not a Destination." Discussion with Sheri Barke, MPH, RD, CSSD and Michele Tamarkin, MA, MFT. from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, College of the Canyons, Valencia Campus, Aliso Hall-101. Free and open to the public. Info: Sheri, (661) 362-3244.

Democratic Club's monthly meeting
The Democratic Club of Santa Clarita Valley, will hosting its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 at the Railroad Cafe, 24307 Railroad Ave., Newhall. Info: www.scvdems.org or Minerva Williams (661) 295-9318.

Safe boating event at Lake Castaic
In recognition of National Safe Boating Week Flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold their annual one day safe boating event 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at the Main (west) boat launch ramp at Castaic Lake, in the parking area. Boaters can speak with auxiliary members and receive free pamphlets and information on boating classes. Info: Ralph Casale at (818) 769-1022 or (818) 508-9735; Howard Kelner, Vice Flotilla Commander (818) 429-4763.

SCV 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.

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