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Posted: August 1, 2009 9:40 p.m.
Updated: August 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
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Monday

The sixth annual Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of SCV will be held 9:30 a.m-6 p.m. at the Valencia Country Club, 27330 N. Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: Ivan Price (661) 254-3063 or ivanp@scvbgc.org.

Aug. 6
Is the economy affecting your relationship? Women's support group will meet at 23030 Lyons Avenue, Suite 205, Newhall, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. $50 for six week session or $10 per session. Presented by Nancy King, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapist. Info: (661) 645-3341.

Aug. 7 & 8
AARP Driver Safety Program available to participants 55 and over. Eight hour class provides certificate of completion for three year automobile insurance credit to those who pass. Eight hour class from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Cost is $12 AARP members and $14 for non-members. SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. Info: 255-0519

Aug. 19
Help save a life during Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's Summer Blood Drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Henry Mayo/COC Clinical Education Center, 25727 McBean Parkway, Valencia. All blood types are needed. The blood you give will come back to be used in our community. Register online at www.givelife.org and enter sponsor code: henrymayo. Info: (661) 253-8888.

Aug. 29
Carousel Therapeutic Riding Ranch's 13th annual fundraiser "Heart of the West" will be held 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Blomgren Family Ranch. Watch a children's riding demonstration, enjoy dinner, live and silent auction, casino games and music. Sponsorship opportunities are still available at many levels. Info: Heather Edwards (661) 268-8010 or hedwards@carouselranch.org.

Aug. 29
Bunco at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, Sept. 5, 1-3 p.m., 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. $15 advance, $20 door includes appetizers and raffle prize opportunities. Proceeds benefit Circle of Hope,a local 501c3 organization whose mission is to financially and emotionally assist uninsured and underinsured individuals with breast cancer who live, work or receive treatment in the Santa Clarita Valley. Info: (661) 254-5244.

Upcoming Events

Jazz & Blues Concert Series
The Lexus of Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series on Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway adjacent to the Hyatt Valencia returns 7 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 28. Music, food and beverage and activities for kids. Admission is free. 24500 Town Center Dr., Valencia.

Concerts in the Park Series
City of Santa Clarita presents Concerts in the Park every Saturday night through August 29 at Central Park. 7 p.m. Free. Saturday: go back in time with classic rock from Journey cover band Don't Stop Believing. 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: (661) 286-4018.

Assistance League "Back to School"
Assistance League is featuring a "Back to School" event during the month of August at their Take Two Resale Shop located on 24364 Main Street. Hours: Monday- 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday- 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday-9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-10 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit various philanthropic groups, donations welcomed. Info: (661) 255-1991 or www.assistanceleaguealsc.org.

Job workshops at WorkSource
Register (661) 424-1062 or at Santa Clarita WorkSource located at 20655 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita.
Tuesday: DISCOVER Career Advisement, 9-11 a.m. Learn more about yourself and the world of work to help identify and build a career plan.
Aug. 6: Interviewing Skills, 9 a.m.-noon: Pick up tips and advice for your next interview.
Aug. 10: Practice Interviewing, 9-11 a.m.: Be videotaped during a mock interview to analyze your body language, answers and more.
Aug. 11- CalJobs/Internet Job Search, 9-11 a.m.: Learn to complete a resume and/or applications online, as well as signing up and learning about CalJobs.

Lou Gehrigs/ALS support group
Information and support for those with ALS, their families and friends. August 1, 1-2:30 p.m. Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Free. Info: (818) 865-8067, ext. 225.

Square dance workshop
The Sierra Hillbillies Square & Round Dance Club is continuing its Plus level workshop Tuesday, August 4, 11 & 18 at 7 p.m. at Mitchell Elementary located on 16821 Goodvale Road. Brush up on your skills or continue to strengthen your skills. Info: Joanne (661) 250-8828 or Pat (661) 430-0100

Senior Center lectures & clinics
All lectures are from 1-2 p.m. in activity rooms 1 & 2 of the SCV Senior Center located at 22900 Market Street.
Aug. 5: Joseph Santos discusses "Obama-nomics & the Current Economy."
Aug. 12: Dr. Ronald Schwartz discusses "Constipation."
Aug. 19: Candy Watson presents information on "Reverse Mortgages."
Aug. 26: Dr. Amy Goff will hold a "Doctor's Open Forum", ask your medical questions.
Free Clinics will be offered at the SCV Senior Center. There will be no glucose checks or foot screening in August.
Aug. 18: From 10:30-11:30 a.m., a Hearing Clinic held in the Respite Office.
Every Wednesday- From noon- 1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held in Activity Room 3. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588 ext. 138

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 will be held tomorrow, Aug. 18 and Sept. 22. Attendees need to RSVP (661) 294-5540 and provide name, parent name and daytime telephone number.

"Blind Ambition" Book Signing
John Dean will speak about his book "Blind Ambition" at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 15 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church located on 24901 Orchard Village Road, free admission. Dean is a bestselling author, columnist and commentator on politic and former White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon.

CLWA Landscape Education series
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.
Aug. 15: Pest Diagnosis: Weeds

"Great tastes of the world"
The 3rd Annual "Great Tastes of the World" is August 15 from 7-10 p.m. at a private house in Robinson Ranch. Enjoy an evening of diverse foods, a silent auction, live music and wine tasting. Tickets: $25, $7.50 for wine tasting. Info: (661) 252-0622 or www.followthestar.com.

Summer days at the Hart Ranch
The Hart Museum is hosting Summer Days at the Ranch outside of the Ranch House from 9 a.m. - noon, one Saturday a month for
activities and crafts for children ages 3 to 10, but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, but donations will be accepted.
Aug. 22: Acorns, Sea and Sage: Chumash Native Americans
William S. Hart Park and Museum Ranch House, 24151 Newhall Ave. Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4584.

Grandmother & me tea party
The ‘Grandmother & Me Tea Party' will be at 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, August 23 at the Plaza Banquet Hall. Come celebrate your mother and/or grandmother with lunch, dessert, tea and a fashion show. Tickets: adults-$38, children-$28, RSVP needed, tea attire. Nominate your mother and/or grandmother for the first SCV Queen Grandmother & SCV Queen Mother 2009. Info: MissSCVProgram@aol.com.

Senior Center cinema
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center at 22900 Market St., Newhall presents "The Patriot," starring Mel Gibson, at 2:15 p.m. on August 12. Suggested donation is $1. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Birdies for Books COC golf tourney
Birdies for Books 19th annual charity golf tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 14 at the Valencia Country Club, 27330 North Tourney Road, Valencia. Proceeds from event support College of the Canyon's efforts to provide educational opportunities for students and community members of all ages. Info: For sponsorship information contact the Foundation Office (661) 362-3737.

Hart High reunion for class of 1959
Members of William S. Hart High Class of 1959 celebrates 50 year reunion weekend of September 25-27. The weekend will include Hart homecoming game, Maroon and Gray Dinner dance, Brunch at Marie Callenders and more. Info: Sharon (775) 721-7503, Barbara (661) 252-0847 or Judy (661) 251-0876.

Leaders of Character dinner
The Boy Scouts of America will honor Bill and Cathy Kennedy, Rick and Ann Patterson & Joe and Barbara Schulman of Santa Clarita. The dinner reception will take place on September 26th at the Valencia Hyatt Regency. Info: David Cline (818) 933-0106 or dkline@bsa-la.org.

Betty Ferguson Foundation events
D.I.V.A.(Drop In and Visit Awhile). 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event runs every fourth Tuesday of each month. Women of all ages welcomed. Betty Ferguson Foundation, 25510 W. Avenue Stanford, Ste 104, Valencia. Info: (661) 702-8712 or www.bettyfergusonfoundation.org.

Help for your aching back
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has the information you need-
Henry Mayo's free Spine Education classes are held the second Wednesday of every month, from 5- 6 p.m. in the Outpatient Therapy Services/Ambulatory Care Center, 25751 McBean Parkway, Suite 310. RSVPs are encouraged as space is limited. Optional educational material is available for $5. All ages are welcome. To RSVP, call (661) 253-8959.

Meditate your way to health
Moment Connections will hold Meditation classes every Thursday from 5:30- 7 p.m. at Moment Connections, 22916 Lyons Avenue, Suite 202, Newhall. Fee: $22.22 per class. RSVP e-mail at Kimberly@momentconnections.com, or call (661) 964-9203, www.momentconnections.com.

Docents needed at Rancho Camulos
Become a part of where the history, myth and romance of Old California still linger. Lead tours or volunteer to assist with other museum activities depending on your interests and availability. Join us as we expand to meet the needs of our new Visitor Center. Info: www.ranchocamulos.org or call the museum (805) 521-1501.

Vietnam veteran support group
"The Lost Patrol" - Serving Vietnam Era Veterans & their families in the Santa Clarita, San Fernando, Simi, and Antelope Valleys - will meet on August 16 at 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Marie Callenders, 27630 N. The Old Road, Valencia for brunch. Info: (661) 296-6688 or e-mail trooper76@att.net.


Dive into fitness with aqua fitness
Linda Bennett, fitness director of the SCV Seniors facility, teaches a Tuesday/Thursday session of Aqua Fitness at Bouquet Canyon Seniors facility, 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Water Walking/warm-up begins at 8:30 a.m. The Active class runs 8:45-9:30 a.m. Students are asked to bring a towel, aqua shoes, sunscreen, and bottled water. The cost is $5/class for those over 60, and $6/class for those under 60. Classes run through October. Info: Linda, (661) 993-3969 or SCV Senior Center (661) 259-9444, or e-mail Linda at LBnewhall@yahoo.com.

Sierra Hillbillies dance classes
The Sierra Hillbillies Square and Round Dance Club is continuing its square dancing classes for beginners at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Couples and singles and experienced dancers are welcome. Classes are held at Mitchell Elementary on 16821 Goodvale Road, Canyon Country. Info: Joanne (661) 250-8828 or Pat (661) 430-0100.

Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers
You are invited to join the Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers & Rhythm Review every Monday from 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the Bouquet Canyon Senior Living Facility (rec. room), 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: (661) 713-8634.

Volunteers needed at dog rescue
The Brittany Foundation, a no-kill sanctuary located in Agua Dulce, is looking for dog lovers to help at their ranch. Duties can include cleaning kennels, walking or playing with dogs, grooming and bathing, repairs, and office work or grant writing, as well as assisting at fundraising and adoption events or baking for bake sales. Info: (661) 803-2909 or sathewords@yahoo.com.

Mother/daughter brunch
Learn about the new Youth with a Voice agenda and program for 2009-10 at the Mother/Daughter Brunch Saturday, October 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 22835 Market Street. Tickets: $25 for a pair, RSVP needed. Info: (661) 702-8712

Wine festival to benefit arts
All Corked Up will hold its International Wine Festival at College of the Canyons on Saturday, October 3rd. Enjoy wine tasting, regional foods and a raffle, tickets: $50. Proceeds will benefit the SCV Performing Art Center's K-12 Arts Education Outreach program. Info: (661) 799-7979 or www.allcorkedup.com.

Tax credits workshop
Free information workshop at Santa Clarita City Hall, Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, from 9 - 10 a.m. will educate you on the benefits of taking advantage of the Research & Development tax credits. Industries impacted: Engineering, high and low tech manufacturing, pharmaceutical and vitamin manufacturers, software/hardward design and development, aerospace, defense, medical machine manufacturing, agriculture/wineries/mineral extractors, food processing and manfuacturing, and tool and die shops. Free continental breakfast will be served. RSVP info: (616) 577-1044 or info@etaxgroup.com

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