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Posted: April 6, 2008 12:36 p.m.
Updated: June 7, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Relay For Life Seeks Participants/Teams

The annual Relay For Life walk-a-thon, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society, is seeking individual participants and teams for the event, as well as sponsors and donations. This year's event will be held at Central Park May 31 - June 1. The next Team Captain Meeting will be April 16 at the Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Dr., Valencia. For information visit www.scvrelay.org or e-mail info@scvrelay.org.

Erwin Torres Fundraisers

Erwin Torres, 23, of Saugus died in a car accident in the city of Downey on Tuesday March 4. He was born on March 26, 1984 in Guatemala, and was a graduate of Saugus High School in 2003. Most recently he was a student and an apprentice electrician. The family has been able to raise some money for the extensive burial costs, but they are still quite a way from meeting the expenses. Torres friends have set up a fundraiser at Freshworks California Grill on Saturday April 12, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. The owner has been kind enough to let them keep 25 percent of your purchase. There will also be a buffet dinner at Egg Plantation on Saturday April 19 at 6 p.m. The tickets are $30. To purchase tickets call (661) 904-2895. Through these tough times, every little bit helps.

Health Fair Volunteers Needed

One of the health care bargains of the year is scheduled for Saturday, May 10. The Santa Clarita Valley Community Health Fair Expo will offer free and low-cost health care screenings and information for adults 18 and over. Volunteers are needed to help with registration for this event, which takes place at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., from 9:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information call Jackie Reibsaman at (661) 259-9555, ext. 131.

Prenatal Care in Val Verde

Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc. is offering a new service at the Val Verde Health Center - prenatal care. The health care provides at Val Verde Health Center offer complete prenatal care for low-risk pregnancies. Services include a comprehensive medical exam; regular checking of blood pressure and weight; regular checking of fetal length, fetal position and heart rate; cervical exam; and postpartum visit. They also screen for high risk pregnancies and can refer patients to appropriate care when needed. Pregnant women can also enjoy seeing their babies in utero through ultrasound. For more information call (661) 257-4008.

Second Opinion Program

Spearheaded by Gene Dorio, M.D., internal medicine, a board member of Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc. (SDFHC), the Second Opinion Specialist (SOS) program is a volunteer program utilizing physician specialists who will provide consultations for low income, uninsured patients. Twenty-three area physicians have agreed to participate in this program, which, to date, covers the following specialty areas: infectious  disease, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, urology, nephrology, cardiology, hematology and orthopedics. For more information visit www.sdfhc.org or call (661) 257-2339, ext. 308.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

More than 150,000 U.S. troops are serving overseas, far from their families. Cell Phones for Soldiers and Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons are calling on all Americans to support these brave men and women by donating their unused cell phones to help keep troops connected with their families. Local residents can support the collection drive by donating their old cell phones at: The Armed Forced Career Center - Army, 21515 Soledad Canyon Rd., Suite 107, Canyon Country. Hours are Monday - Thursday at 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Friday at 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information contact bluestartcanyons@yahoo.com or call (661) 253-0811.

Spring A Pet Fundraiser

Petco stores nationwide will collect donations on behalf of local animal shelters and rescue groups through May 4. The foundation has partnered with the makers of Pedigree dog food, who will support the Spring A Pet campaign by donating $1 for each purchase of Pedigree products - at Petco stores or on Petco.com - of $10 or more. Customers can also make a difference by purchasing Spring A Pet donation cards for a $5, $10 or $20 donation. Customers donating $20 or more will receive a commemorative photo album. Last year, the annual campaign raised nearly $1.7 million, with all donations staying in local communities. To learn more visit www.petco.com. Your SCV Petco store is at 26501 Bouquet Canyon Rd. in Saugus. Call (661) 297-6936.

Learn to Ride with Blue Shadows

Through April 25, the Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team is accepting members, 9-17 years old, for a beginning riding troop. No riding experience or horse ownership is required. Blue Shadows is a youth equestrian drill team. We provide committed, competent and caring volunteers dedicated to instructing youth members in horsemanship and equestrian drill. Teamwork, leadership skills and standards of excellence are taught through the program curriculum. For more information call (661) 268-0324.

$1 million Hunger Challenge

The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry has invited local schools to team up for the fourth annual Students Against Hunger in the SCV - Spring food Drive 2008. This event will take place through April 30. The winning school will receive an award certificate from the SCV Food Pantry. If you do not have a child in school, you can still participate by making a donation. Your donation will help with the commitment that "No child in the Santa Clarita Valley go to bed hungry." For  information call Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078.

Procare Hospice Volunteers Needed

Procare Hospice of Mission Hills is seeking volunteers to provide support to those facing a life-limiting illness. Volunteers become part of the hospice care team by making home care visits, lending a listening ear, offering caregiving relief, assisting with errands, or providing bereavement support. A training class is beginning soon. For more information please call Linda Martinez or Sara Berman Rabbi/Chaplain at (818) 895-8000.

Food Donations

SCV Food Pantry asks local residents, organizations or schools to make donations through April 30. For every donation as a result of this challenge, Alan Shawn Feinstein will donate a proportionate amount to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. Designate "Feinstein Challenge" on your check or at the time of the donation. For more information visit www.feinsteinfoundation.org.

Driver Safety Training

The AARP Driver Safety Program hosts Driver Safety Training the second Friday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. of the month at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.  Four-hour refresher classes are also being offered on a Saturday of alternate months for those who have completed the AARP eight-hour within the past three years. These courses cover the rules of the road as well as safe driving strategies. Completion of either of these classes will earn each participant a three year certificate, and for drivers 55 and over, an auto insurance credit. Info: (661) 259-9444, admin@scvsc.org or www.scvseniorcenter.org.

Assistance for Teen Moms

The SCV Pregnancy Center provides a caring, nonjudgmental environment where Teen Moms can come together for support and encouragement. The program offers group discussion, insights into motherhood, child rearing and relationships, friendship building and mentoring, and life skills training. Dinner and childcare provided. Meetings every Thursday night 5:30 p.m. - 7:30  p.m. For location, registration and information call (661)255-0082.

Mothers Online Community

As a part of The MommiesNetwork, SCValleyMommies.com is a non-profit organization that offers a free online community for moms in the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and surrounding areas. SCValleyMommies.com offers a simple way to connect with local moms for friendship, support and fun. Members meet on the online forums to share information on everything from where to get the best haircut to tips on transitioning to a "big kid" bed. Each month, many face-to-face events are offered for members, their children and their families. It is completely free to join. For more information visit www.SCValleyMommies.com.

Home Tour League Members Sought

The Henry Mayo Holiday Home Tour League is seeking new members to plan and execute its annual Home Tour, Holiday Boutique, and Gala Sneak Preview Dinner. Proceeds from the events benefit women's services at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. For information call (661) 253-8082 or download an application at www.henrymayo.com.

Bereavement Group

If you are struggling with the loss of the loved one, come to be with others who are going through the same thing. We offer a safe environment for people to share their feelings, discuss their fears, and begin the healing process. Groups meet Wednesdays 10  a.m. - 11:30 a.m. through May at 10200 Sepulveda Blvd. #115, in Mission Hills. For more information call Sara Berman at (818) 895-8000.

Radio Club

The Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club welcomes amateurs and non-HAMs at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held in Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. Club members volunteer for L.A. County Disaster Communications Services, DCS, and the city emergency radio services. For more information e-mail Thomas turner at f001@lacds.com or go online to www.w6jw.org.

Come Sing the Oldies

You are invited to join the Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers & Rhythm Review every Monday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bouquet Canyon Senior Living Facility (rec. room), 26705 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Saugus. For more information call (661) 296-3321.

TOPS

Take Off Pounds sensibly, a weight-loss support group, meets on Thursdays at Fellowship Christian Church, 226889 Bouquet Canyon Rd., #C, in Saugus. Weigh-in 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. For details contact Diana at 251-5144.

COC/Food Pantry Food Drive

College of the Canyons is conducting a series of food drives to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. COC students and staff are asked to participate by donating canned goods and other non-perishable items.  Anyone wishing to volunteer for the food drive and distribution should contact Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078 or (661) 755-3190. Visit www.scvfoodpantry.org for more information.

Pride in the Lake

Every second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., staff and volunteers help to keep Castaic Lake beautiful by removing litter and landscaping different areas each month. Meet at the Lagoon launch ramp parking lot. Please bring your own gloves and equipment, if you have it. For information call (661) 257-5034.

Sierra Pelona Rock Club

Monthly meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenbrier Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Rd., Canyon Country. The club promotes interest and education in mineralogy, lapidary, geology, paleontology and related subjects, with interesting speakers and field trips.  Call Mike Serino at (661) 255-5243 for more information. Bring your interesting rocks. The April 15 meeting will take a look back on the more than 50 years of the club, with a slide presentation of field trips, events and lots of minerals.

SCV Antique Auto Club

Every second Saturday of the month meetings take place at the Bouquet Canyon Church, 27000 Bouquet Canyon Rd. in Saugus, starting at 7:30 p.m. All kinds of classic cars are welcome. For information e-mail caldwellbob@sgcglobal.net or call (661) 259-3570.

Income Tax Service for Seniors Now Available

IRS/AARP -trained volunteers are available to help seniors complete and electronically file income tax returns on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons through April 10 at the SCV Senior Center. Priority will be given to low- and middle-income seniors. Low-income families will be considered if space is available. Appointments are required. They can be made by calling Elaine at the SCV Senior Center, at (661) 259-9444. Have with you at the appointment your ID (drivers license), Social Security card or similar, last year's tax return, if available, and 2007 tax information.

Overeaters Anonymous Meetings

Monday 8 p.m., Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Valencia.
Tuesday 7 p.m., Barnabus House 24417 Chestnut St. Newhall.
Thursday 7 p.m. "The Cocoon," 17746 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.
Friday 11:30 a.m. Barnabus House, 22417 Chestnut St., Newhall.
Saturday 9.30 a.m., "The Cocoon" 17746 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.

Contact  Mary at (661) 252-3762.


Carousel Ranch Volunteers Needed

Carousel Ranch provides therapeutic riding lessons to children with special needs. Volunteers are needed to assist in the therapy sessions and ranch chores.  Requirements: 15 years minimum age, responsible and physically fit. The personal rewards are immeasurable. Hours of operation are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Contact Denise at (661) 268-8010.

Assistance League

Assistance League is a volunteer organization committed to identifying and serving needs of the Santa Clarita Valley. Its signature project, Operation School Bell, provides new clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies to elementary school children in need. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month at the Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia. For more information call 255-1991 or www.assistanceleague-alsc.org.

Family Day Care  Association

The non-profit Family Day Care Association of the SCV hosts a support group for child care providers and parent advocates that meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the New Apostolic Church, 28877 Bouquet Canyon Rd in Saugus. For further information call 250-4238 or 263-2774 (president, Mary Gregory). Or  e-mail marygregory1128@aol.com.

SCV Community Drum Circles

The Remo Recreational Music Making Activities Department is offering free community drum circles in Valencia, hosted by College of the Canyons, on the first and third Saturdays of each month. No experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome. Drums will be provided by Remo Inc. but community members may bring their own drum, tambourine or other percussion instruments. The drum circles will take place at COC in room STUC-13 from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. For more information contact John Fitzgerald at jfitzgerald@remo.com or call (661) 294-5631.

SCV Koi & Water Garden Club

The Santa Clarita Koi & Water Garden Club meets on the fourth Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. The club is comprised of people who own or are building ponds that share ideas and experiences. For more information call (661) 259-6437 or visit www.SantaClaritaKoi.com.

Coaches Needed for Special Olympics

The Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley is seeking volunteer coaches for their spring sports teams. The organization is looking for any volunteers interested in being basketball, bocce ball, swimming, track and field, rhythmic gymnastics, tennis or golf coaches. No coaching experience is necessary, and all training is provided. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley office at (661) 253-2121, or visit santaclarita@sosc.org.

Events at Valencia Library

The READ to a Dog program will be held for children every second Saturday of the month and the Kid's Book Club for 4th and 5th graders will meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. The Valencia Library will host several performances relating to women in history and literature. On April 13, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Julia Barett, writer and professor at UCLA and USC, and author of "Jane Austen's Charlotte and Presumption," will bring Austen's characters to life. For more information call Sue Yamamoto (661)259-8942. For more information call (661) 259-8942 or visit www.colapublib.org.

Events at Newhall Library

Storytimes will be held for bilingual families, earlybirds, babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Book Club meetings for third-fifth graders will meet once a month to eat, play games and discuss books. Newhall Library will also be having a Puzzle Day every Thursday. For event dates, times and further information call (661) 259-0750 or visit www.colapublib.org.

Events at Canyon Country Library

Pajama Storytimes are offered once a month for families. For further information call (661) 251-2720 or visit www.colapublib.org.

Infertility Support Group

Peer led support group for women, men and couples who are facing infertility will be held the second Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. For location or more information visit waitingwomb@gmail.com or call (661) 257-2583.

WESPARK Support Groups

Free support for individuals who are in treatment or newly diagnosed with cancer: Monday - 11 a.m., In-Treatment Support Group facilitated by Tara Shore, MA - 6 p.m. Post-Treatment Support Group, facilitated by Tara Shore, MA

Tuesday - 11 a.m., Metastatic Support Group, facilitated by Sharon Earle, LMFT - 6 p.m. Caregivers Support Group, facilitated by Sharon Earle, LMFT

Wednesday - 5:30 p.m., Guided Imagery, facilitated by Sara Fogan, CHT - 7 p.m. Restorative Yoga, facilitated by Melissa Morgan

Thursday - 11 a.m., Creative Writing Workshop, facilitated by Tara Shore, MA - 6 p.m., Spouse and Partner Bereavement Group, facilitated by Sharon Earle, LMFT

Friday - 10 a.m., Gentle Yoga, facilitated by Susie Jacobson. WESPARK Cancer Support Center, 26370 Diamond Pl., Suite 507, Santa Clarita. For more information about support groups contact Sharon Earle or Tara Shore at (661) 288-2322.

Placerita Canyon Nature Center

Placerita Canyon Nature Center winter programs. All events held at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall.

Info: (661) 259-7721.

Family Nature Walk: Every Saturday 11 a.m. to noon. An easy, 1-hour walk exploring the area's natural and cultural history.

Animal Presentation: Every Saturday 1 to 2 p.m. See, learn and ask questions about live native animals of the area.

Trail Team: First Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. Help repair trails, pick up litter and remove weeds. Fifteen minute safety orientation mandatory. Wear long pants, boots, and bring water.

Bird Walk: Second Saturday of the month. Walks start at 9 a.m. and last about two hours. They are free and there is no parking fee.

Beginning bird watchers and families are welcome. Children aged 6 and older are welcome with a responsible adult. Bring binoculars and field guide.

Volunteer Orientation: First Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Learn about volunteer opportunities at the Nature Center and Park.

Community Hiking Club: A new monthly community event that invites all ages to get into the outdoors, visit wilderness areas, and stretch their legs.

Community Nature Series: Learn about the animals and nature around.

Call the Nature Center for more information, or visit www.placerita.org.

Rancho Camulos Museum

Rancho Camulos Museum is a National Historic Landmark where the early Californio lifestyle is preserved in its original rural environment.

What began as part of the 48,000 acre Mexican land grant, Rancho San Francisco, deeded to Antonio del Valle in 1839, is still a 1,800-acre working ranch. Rancho Camulos was also the setting for "Ramona," an 1884 novel by Helen Hunt Jackson that generated national interest in the history of Hispanic settlement in California and the impact on Native Americans. The non-profit museum is a portion of the ranch containing the main adobe, cocina, chapel, schoolhouse and beautiful grounds. Here the history and culture of the people of Camulos from the Tatavian Indians, through the del Valle family who established the rancho in the mid-1800s, to the Rubel family, who purchased the property in 1924, are preserved. The museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway in Piru. (Next to the first fruit stand on the left)  For information call (805) 521-1501 or visit www.ranchocamulos.org. Docent led one- hour tours are conducted Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children and students. Private group and school tours and special events such as weddings can also be arranged.

Vasquez Rocks Programs

The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a variety of events at the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area in Agua Dulce.

Birds of Prey Presentation - The first Sunday of every month, at 11 a.m. Meet at the park office.

Ranger Guided Hikes - The second, third and fourth Sunday of every month at 11 a.m. the park ranger will lead a nature hike through the park. The hike will last approximately one hour. Meet at the park office.

Beginners' Hike - Easy hike through the park, approximately one hour. Meet at the park office. Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. For info call (661) 268-0840.

Santa Clarita Artists' Association

Monthly meetings of the Santa Clarita Artists' Association are held on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m., excluding holidays, at Westfield Town Center Mall Community Room. Non-members are welcome and may attend their first meeting for free. On April 21 Gerald Brommer, internationally renowned watercolorist, will be speaking and demonstrating his technique at the monthly meeting of the SCAA. You can browse his art at www.artistsworkshoptours.com/brommer_gallery.htm. For more information visit wwwsantaclaritaartists.org or e-mail Dianne Foderaro at torched@dslextreme.com.

Sierra Club Events

Arbor Day, Saturday April 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in Central Park. This event will celebrate the wonderful benefits of trees and all that they provide to our community. There will be environmental exhibits, free trees and mulch to residents, volunteer tree plantings, children's activities, food, music and more.

Wild Heritage Hike, Sunday April 13. Moderate four mile, 600 foot gain in proposed wilderness area along north slope of San Gabriel Mountains. Meet at 9 a.m. at the south end of San Fernando Road.

Leaders: Henry Schultz (284-5613), Ed Benison (254-7517).

Sharing the Knowledge

The Family Day Care Association of the SCV will be hosting a workshop called Sharing the Knowledge at their meeting Tuesday April 8, 7 p.m.
- 9 p.m. This is for the adult child caregiver only, no child care is available that night. Hjordis Bakke, Vicky Cooke, Mary Gregory and Ann Koretz will be presenting several ideas from the recent Southern California Kindergarten Conference. A lot of activities are provided.

Members are free, admission for guests is $5. For further information call (661) 263-2774.

Soroptimist Installation

Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley will hold its installation of officers, board of directors and charter members luncheon on Tuesday April 8 at the Tournament Player's Club's Valencia Oak Grille, 26550 Heritage View Ln., Valencia, at 11:30 a.m. For information call (661) 803-9202.

Santa Clarita Computer Club

The next meeting of the Santa Clarita Computer Club will be on Wednesday April 9 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. At the 6 p.m. session, Stephen K. Peeples, The Signal's online editor, explore the newspaper's new Web site, where you can make use breaking SCV news alerts; community blogs; traffic alerts; half price Fridays; Santa Clarita events calendar; contests, games, fun; photo gallery postings; and much more. At 7 p.m. David B. Whittle, technology expert and author, will demonstrate two diverse topics: how to create professional home movies and how to protect your PC against Internet threats. He will provide time for questions and will bring valuable door prizes, informative handouts and actual products for sale at discounted prices exclusively for the attendees. Non-members are invited to attend and take advantage of this special opportunity. The meeting is open to the public at no charge. For further information, contact Judy Taylour at 252 8852.

Senior Center Cinema

Singing in the Rain is the movie for Wednesday April 9, at 2:15 p.m. The cinema is held at the SCV Senior Center at 22900 Market St., Newhall. Do not miss this classic film with Fred Astaire. Donation is $1. All are welcome. For more information call (661) 259-9444.

LETMESAIL April Activities

LETMESAIL, (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living) for teenagers and adults with disabilities will be hosting the following April events for registered clients:

Monday April 7 trough Friday April 11, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Spring Day Camp. At the LETMESAIL Lifestyle Enrichment Center 28304 Constellation Road.

Friday April 11. Bunko Night, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., at the Adult Day Care Center, 22903 Soledad canyon Rd.

Sunday April 13. Snap Flag Football Pick Up Games, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., at College of the Canyons (upper fields below the gym).

Monday April 14, Cooking Club, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., LARC Ranch, 29890 Bouquet Canyon Rd.

Volunteer opportunities are available. RSVP required by calling Kristel at (661) 702-8555, or e-mail at letmesail1@sbcglobal.net. For more information visit: www.letmesail.org.

Investing in Real Estate Clubs

Investing in Real Estate Clubs will be meeting on Thursday April 10, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at new location: Coco's Restaurant, 24930 Pico Canyon Rd., Stevenson Ranch. Topics: How to build your real estate team; what is available in investor loans now; how to buy property creatively and get cash back at escrow. Tuition is $25 at the door. For more information call (877) 285-8669.

Movies to Talk About

Join Movies to Talk About on Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a showing of "Trashed," a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America - the garbage industry. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at Vincenzo's Pizza Esperienza, 24504 Lyons Ave., in Newhall. Sponsored as a community service by the Unitarian Universalist Church, the movie event is free and open to everyone. For information call (661) 254-7866.

Spring Blood Drive

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is encouraging the community to "spring into action" and help save a life by donating a unit of blood during the hospital's Spring Blood Drive on Thursday April 10 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., at the Henry Mayo/COC Clinical Education Center, 25727 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Giving blood is simple, painless, and it takes less than one hour. Any healthy person age of 17 or older and weighing at least 110 pounds, and who has not donated blood in the last eight weeks, may be able to donate blood. Donors can register online at www.henrymayo.com, call (661) 253 - 8888 for an appointment, or simply show up.

Passport to Hope Breakfast

Cancer survivors from across the Santa Clarita Valley are invited to attend a Passport to Hope educational breakfast on April 10. This event is free to cancer visitors over the age of 18 and will include workshops as well as motivation speakers and breakout groups to help survivors deal with their disease and its aftermath. Cancer survivors interested in attending the breakfast should call (661) 299-9258.

Sierra Club Showcase

The local Sierra Club will host an event on Thursday April 10, at 7:30 p.m. to showcase the group and its activities. The event will be held at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, in the upper meeting room. There will be hike leaders describing different hikes that we lead, a continuously running slide show featuring hikes and events, leaders talking about the many environmental issues that face our community and members who can explain how it is organized and the resources available. For more information call Sandra Cettell at 259-0433.

SCV Quilt Guild Activities

The Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. The following is a list of upcoming activities:

April 10 - Claudia Blodget-Lye on Color

May 8 - Sylvia Davis on Fabric Stash Reduction

For information e-mail Adva Price at adva_p@yahoo.com or visit www.scvquiltguild.org.

Salad Bar Dance

The Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will be having their Salad Bar Dance on Friday April 11, at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Bill Horst will be calling and Cindy Mower will do the rounds. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information call Joanne at (661) 250-8828.

The Aging Brain

Join family practitioner Avinash Gururaha, M.D., to learn more about how the brain ages. Gururaha is a family practitioner at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. The event will take place on Friday, April 11 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd. For more information call (661) 287-9050.

Book Sale

Friends of the Libraries of the Santa Clarita Valley will host a book sale on Saturday April 12 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road. Presale only for members on Friday, April 11, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. For more information call (661) 251-2720.

Wellness Day

Club 50 Fitness Center will host Wellness Day on April 12, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at 24148 Lyons Ave., Newhall in the Von's Shopping Center. Free: spinal screenings all day, health and wellness seminar at 9:30 a.m., hypnotherapy demonstration at 10:45 a.m., healthy skin at 11:15 a.m., fashion show at 11:45 a.m., and more. For more information call (661) 253-4950.

Breakfast with Gibbons

Have breakfast with the gibbons at the Gibbon Conservation Center, 19100 Esguerra Road in Santa Clarita on Saturday 8:30 a.m.-noon. View this endangered species of small apes up close and hear their sounds. The special fundraising event includes a guided tour of the largest group of gibbons in the Western Hemisphere (some with infants), a light vegan breakfast, a talk and question/answer session with founder Alan Mootnick, and a silent auction. Donation: age 18 and up $30, age 13-17 $15, age 3-12 $10, under 3 free. For more information or to pay on-line, visit www.gibboncenter.org/fundraiser.htm or call De Anne Joy at (661) 310-7981.

Singer/Songwriters Share Music

The Unitarian Universalists of Santa Clarita Valley will enjoy the music of two notable singer/songwriters during their Sunday morning church services in the months to come - Evonne Rivera on April 13 and Kim Acuna on May 25. Unitarian Universalist church services are held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., in Newhall. For directions and further information, visit www.UUofSCV.org or call (661) 254-7866.

Bowl-a-Thon

Join the Domestic Violence Center of SCV in a day of fun and games on Sunday April 13 at 1 p.m. at Valencia Lanes, 23700 Lyons Ave., Newhall. For more information or to register, call (661) 259-8175.

Zonta Business Scholarships

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Foundation is offering the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship for young women who are interested in pursuing a career in business. Applicants must be eligible to enter the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program at an accredited university/colllege/institute and must submit applications by April 14. Klausman scholarships are offered to encourage women to better careers and to seek leadership position in business-related fields in their communities and through the world. The winner at the local club level will receive $1,000 and is then eligible to compete at the district level. The winner at the district level will be eligible to participate at Zonta International level for one of six $5,000 awards. For more information call Barbara Stearns-Cochran at (661) 251-1352.

Submissions? Send your information by fax (255-9689), or e-mail lifestyle@the-signal.com

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