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Posted: April 20, 2008 1:06 a.m.
Updated: June 21, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Spring Fiesta

Rancho Camulo's Spring Fiesta, Vaquero Days, celebrates the role of the vaquero in the history of Rancho Camulos. The event will take place on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Rancho Camulos, 5164 East Telegraph Rd., Piru, CA 93040. The fiesta will have activities for all ages: living history, music, cultural music and dance, historic displays, antique farm equipment, artist's displays and sales, tours, and food. Admission is $10, children under 12 are free. For information call (805) 521-1501 or visit www.ranchocamulos.org.

Howard Family Fundraisers

Last Thanksgiving Northpark resident Tim Howard suffered a massive stroke. Complications from that resulted in amputations, and he will have to use a wheelchair after a lot of recovery. Neighbors and friends want to help the Howard family by raising funds via a breakfast on Sunday April 20 from 9 a.m. - 11a.m. at 28000 Memory Ln. There will be breakfast treats set up in front of the home (and the Howard's nearby) and there you can then make your donation. For information call Lindsay Mirkovich at (661) 263-9884 or e-mail linmirk@sbcglobal.net.

Free Grief and Loss Seminar

Monday April 21 there will be a free informational presentation on "Working through Grief and Loss," in the Century Room at City Hall starting 7 p.m. It will cover the completion process and learning to risk in relationships again. Call 733-0692 for details.

Volleyball Poker Tournament

The Valencia girls volleyball team will host a Texas Hold 'em poker tournament on Saturday, April 26 at the Tesoro del Valle clubhouse, 2371 Stoney Creek Rd., Valencia. Registration and dinner begins at 5 p.m. and the tournament starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 each, which includes dinner and two drink tickets. Spectators are $25, which includes dinner and one drink ticket. Rebuys are at $50 - cash only. A boutique of assorted vendors will be set up for shoppers. You must be 21 to play. For more information contact Teri Lavo at (661) 618-7241 or t_lavo@yahoo.com.

Summer Theater Internship

One lucky college student will receive a paid internship this summer to plunge into world of live theater. This month, the Repertory East Playhouse received a grant from the Los Angeles Country Arts Commission to underwrite a 10-week paid summer internship for a full-time undergraduate. To apply, interested candidates should e-mail their resume, two to three photos of any technical or artistic work, and either a letter of recommendation or a page describing how they meet the requirements for the position. They may e-mail to info@repeastplayhouse.org or call (661) 288-0000 for more information.

The deadline for submission is April 30.

Project Dogway

The Brittany Foundation is a non-profit, humane organization located in Agua Dulce dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of homeless dogs. However the dogs at the facility are in need of a fenced run to go along with their spacious kennel. The foundation is launching Project Dogway, a fundraising campaign to complete that run by the beginning of summer. Cash, as well as Home Depot or Lowes gift cards, construction materials and professional time donations are being sought to fund the project's estimated $10,000 cost. To donate or for more information contact Nancy Anderson at (661) 713-5240 or e-mail Brittany_dogs@yahoo.com. Donations can also be mailed to the Brittany Foundation at P.O. Box 738, Acton, CA 93510-0738. Visit www.brittanyfoundation.com.

Tom Bolewski Fundraiser

Tom Bolewski has been a Santa Clarita resident for over 20 years. He recently was injured and is now classified as a quadriplegic. He is in rehab. A Texas Hold'em Tournament to raise funds will be held on April
26. There will be prizes, food and live music, featuring the band "Frequency." Space is limited. Reservations can be made at TomsRecovery.com. a barbecue/concert in the park is scheduled for May
24. There will be several live musicians and the fire department is supplying the barbecue. All proceeds go to Tom Bolewski Special Needs Trust.

Appreciation Days 2008

Santa Clarita Valley Appreciation Days 2008 will be held at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor on May 3 and 4. The Valencia theme park makes 4,000 tickets to Hurricane Harbor available to schools and non-profit organizations at $3 each, which the organizations sell to the public at $10 each. This is still a significant savings over the regular admission price (up to $19.99 per person) - and serves as a fundraiser for these organizations. Organizations currently selling these tickets to the public at $10 are: SCV Boys and Girls Club; Santa Clarita Community Center; Wiley Canyon PTA; Sky Blue Mesa PTA; Santa Clarita Elementary PTC; Placerita Junior High; Single Mothers Outreach; Canyon High School; Lutheran Social Services; High Desert Hawks Booster Club; Child and Family Center; Girl Scouts; Castaic Middle School; Michael Hoefflin Foundation; AYSO Region 677.

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.

Vietnam Era Veterans

"Lost Patrol" serves Vietnam era veterans and their families in Santa Clarita, San Fernando, Simi and Antelope Valleys. Join us on the third Saturday of each month at El Torito Mexican Restaurant, 27510 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, at 1100 hours. For further information or to verify the time and place call (661) 296-6688 or e-mail trooper76@earthlink.net

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 bluestarcanyons@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.

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 a 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.

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

The Santa Clarita Valley helpline for Narcotics Anonymous is (661) 299-5599.

Sunday 10 a.m. and Thursday 7 p.m. - Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.

Sunday 7 p.m. - Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.

Thursday 7:30 p.m. - First Presbyterian Church, 24317 Newhall Ave., Newhall, upstairs.

Monday 6:30 p.m. Denny's, 31724 Castaic Rd., Castaic.

Friday 6:30 p.m. - FOR MALE ADDICTS ONLY - Barnabus House, 24417 Chestnut St., Newhall.

Monday 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 24317 Newhall Ave., Newhall.

Friday 8 p.m. Campfire (weather permitting, otherwise inside location), 9927 Soledad Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita.

Tuesday 7 p.m. - LADIES MEETING - NCADD, Valencia Plaza, 24460 Lyons Ave., Newhall.

Saturday 8 a.m. - Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.

Saturday 9:30 a.m. United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Pkwy., Valencia, Rooms A&B, Canyon Country.

Wednesday 7 p.m. Library Building, 3015 Mount Pinos Way, Frazier Park.

Saturday 7:30 p.m. Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Sierra Vista Middle School, 19425 Stillmore St., Room #705, Canyon Country.

Saturday 7:30 p.m. Library Building, 3015 Mount Pinos Way, Frazier Park.

Saturday 11:59 p.m. The Cocoon, 17746 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. On Tuesday May 13 we will be honoring our provider members with bears to keep with the theme of us being "Beary good child care providers for SCV community." Our speaker on May 13 will be Louise Elerding, author of children's manners books and she will sell and sign her books for those who wish to purchase them. For further information call 250-4238 or 263-2774 (president, Mary Gregory). Or  e-mail marygregory1128@aol.com.

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.

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. 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. 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.

SCV Macintosh Users Group Meeting

The Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh User's Group monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday April 22 at 7 p.m. at Valencia Mac, 23333 Cinema Dr., #100. There will be questions and answers, then the secrets of Preview will be demonstrated. For more information call (661) 250-4149 or (661) 252-3744 or visit http://web.mac.com/scvmug/welcome.html.

Sierra Club Events

Native Plant Planting Tuesday April 22 at East Canyon. Call Henry for more details at 284-5613.

Bear Drive to Walker Ranch Sunday April 27. Moderate nine mile, 1,000 gain, 1,500 foot loss along ridge between San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys. Twenty minutes to trailhead. Meet at 9 a.m. at Walker Ranch entrance to Placerita Country Park. Leaders: Dave Morrow (254-5245), Ed Benison (254-7517).

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:

Wednesday April 23. Wellness Wednesday. Building Healthy Relationships II, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. North L.A. County Regional Center, 28470 Stanford Ave., Suite 100. Sunday April 27, Arthritis Walk,  8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Bridgeport Park 23520 Bridgeport Lane.

Monday, April 28, Snap Flag Football Pick Up Games, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., at College of the Canyons (upper field below the gym).

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.

WorkSource Workshops

Here are the upcoming workshops offered at the Santa Clarita WorkSource. All workshops are free of charge to all registered customers and are held at the Santa Clarita WorkSource Center at 20655 Soledad Canyon Road # 25, Santa Clarita. Reservations are necessary.

For more information or reservation call (661) 424-1062 ext.10.

Discover Career Advisement on Monday April 21, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Practice Interviewing on Monday April 28 from 9  a.m. - 11 a.m.

Singer/Songwriters Share Music

The Unitarian Universalists of Santa Clarita Valley will enjoy the music of 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.

'Necessary Targets'

The Repertory East Playhouse continues its 81 Series through May 3 with the critically acclaimed drama "Necessary Targets" by Eve Ensler, and sponsored, in part, by Servpro of Santa Clarita Valley. The theater is located at 24266 Main Street, Newhall. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. This is a limited engagement performance and advanced reservations are  recommended. For tickets go at www.repeastplayhouse.org or call (661) 288-0000.

Community Passover Second Seder

Join Congregation Beth Shalom for its annual Community Passover Second Seder conducted by Rabbi Ira Rosenfeld and Cantor Beth Rosenfeld on Sunday April 20, 5:30 p.m., at 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway. The cost is $35 for adults (age 13 and above), $25 for children 7-12, and free for children 6 and under. Please RSVP no later than April 14. For information or to make your reservation call Mary at (661) 254-2411.

Assistance League Run/Walk

Assistance League's 18th annual run/walk takes place on Sunday, April 20 at Newhall Park. This event benefits Operation School Bell, which provides new shoes, clothes, backpacks and school supplies to elementary school children in need in the Santa Clarita Valley. HR Textron is the title sponsor for this family-style race. The race begins at 8 a.m. and is run on the South Fork Trail. This year, one registered participant will have the opportunity to win $10,000 in the first-ever Shoe Toss Contest, and other registered runners have the chance of winning hundreds of dollars in prize giveaways. Register online at www.active.com or www.assistanceleague-alsc.org. Call 255-1991 for more information.

Learn About Osteoporosis

Join family Phet-Yoon Tejavanija, M.D. to learn more about osteoporosis. Tejavanija is a family practitioner, on the medical staff at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. The action is going to take place on Wednesday, April 23 at the Santa Clarita Senior Center, 22900 Market St. For more information call (818) 847-4535.

Job & Career Fair and Prep. Workshops

Are you looking for a job, seeking a new career or just wondering what the employment market might have to offer you? Then you will want to stop by College of the Canyons Spring Job & Career Fair on Wednesday April 23 from 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. at College of the Canyons. Before and after the fair, COC Career Services & Job Placement will host a series of career readiness workshops: Create an Effective Resume, Wednesday March 19; Prepare for the Job Fair, Tuesday, April 1; Resume Rally, Wednesday April 16; Prepare for the Interview, Tuesday April 29; Salary Negotiations, Wednesday May 14. For more information call (661) 362-3286 or e-mail Lonnie.davis@canyons.edu.

Democratic Meeting

Santa Clarita's democratic Alliance for Action (DAA) will meet on Thursday April 24 at 7 p.m. at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Discussion will feature Propositions 98 and 99. All Dems welcome. For more information call 877-2775.

Chuckwagon Dinner Show

This year's Cowboy Poetry Festival kicks off with a trip back in time at the third annual Chuckwagon Dinner Show, a fundraiser for the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society at Heritage Junction on Thursday, April 24. Tickets are going fast. Songstress Juni Fisher, storyteller Joe Herrington and the cooks from Manflo Ranch and 2R Ranch will share the spotlight. An added bonus this year is the debut of Montie Montana's chuckwagon, lovingly restored by new owners Charley and Susan White of White Sky Ranch. Tickets for dinner and show are $40 and are available at www.cowboyfestival.org or by calling (661) 286-4021.

Lauren Blaire Memorial Softball

On Thursday April 24, the Saugus Varsity Softball team will play a league game against West Ranch High School at the Hart Pony Complex at 7 p.m. The Saugus team will play in memory of Lauren Blaire. There will be a 50/50 raffle to help maintain the Lauren Blaire scholarship fund. If you or your business would like to make a donation send it to the Lauren Blaire Scholarship Fund, c/o Saugus Softball Booster Club, 21900 W. Centurion Way, Saugus. For more information contact Julie Watson at jwatson@hartdistrict.org.

Great Strides Walk

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Southern California Chapter will be holding its eighth annual Great Strides Walk at Westfield Valencia Town Canter on Saturday April 26. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Cystic fibrosis (CF) affects approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States, with 1,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The median age of survival for a person with CF is in the mid-30s. To register visit http://greeatstrides.cff.org.

Saugus Dance Team Show

The six-time consecutive national award-winning Saugus Dance Team will once again presents its annual Dance Show "Shipwrecked," on Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26 in the Saugus High School gym. Both shows will include local high school teams, local studios, coed dancers, the Saugus Dance Team and much more. Tickets will be available at the door for $10. For more information call (661) 297-2178.

"I Love the 80's"

Canyon Theatre Guild will present "I Love the 80's" (seventh annual Junior Cabaret) on Saturday April 26 at 7 p.m. at 24242 Main St. in Newhall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for food, drink and bidding on silent auction items. Tickets are $25 for adults-preferred seating, $20 adults-regular seating, $20 for juniors (under 18)/seniors (62 and over)-prefered seating, $15 juniors/seniors-regular seating. Onstage seating is also available. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the CTG's ongoing educational and youth workshop programs. For information or reservations call the box office at (661) 799-2702.

School and Business Alliance Events

The SCV School and Business Alliance offers several exciting opportunities for you to help prepare Santa Clarita Valley students for their future, and at the same time grow your future workforce.

April 26 - Discovering Careers 2008 - the first annual all valley career fair for students and their families, grades 4-14.

May 10 - Monopoly Mania 4 - join us for a gala evening of games, food and fun as we raise money for school-to-career programs. Please visit the Web site for additional information at www.scvalliance.org.

Kids Swmming for Kids

On Saturday April 26 thousands of children and volunteers will participate in the U.S. Swim School Association's annual Kids Swimming for Kids swim-a-thon. The local event will be from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Academy Swim Club, 28079 Smyth Dr., Valencia. The event will benefit the Swim For Life Foundation for prevention of drowning incidents in our communities. This year the volunteers and their little swimmers in Santa Clarita have the opportunity to raise over $2,000 to help wipe out child drownings in our neighborhoods.

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