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Posted: August 4, 2009 8:55 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Thursday
Is the economy affecting your relationship? Women’s support group will meet at 23030 Lyons Avenue, Suite 205, Newhall, from 5 p.m. - 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.

Friday & Saturday
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 p.m. 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 nonmembers. SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. Info: 255-0519.

Aug. 18
Second Annual Wine Tasting for the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club at Salt Creek Grill, 24445 Town Center Drive, Valencia. 6:30 p.m. $75 per person. All proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club. Zaca Mesa and Jaffurs Wineries of Santa Barbara will be pouring to accompany a tantalizing selection of appetizers. Info: (661) 254-3063.

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. Info: Heather Edwards (661)268-8010 or hedwards@carouselranch.org

Sept. 5
Bunco at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, 1-3 p.m., 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. $15 in advance, $20 at door includes appetizers and raffle tickets.  Proceeds benefit Circle of Hope, to financially and emotionally assist uninsured and underinsured individuals with breast cancer in the Santa Clarita Valley.  Info: (661) 254-5244.

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 Aug. 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 Aug. 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

Feeding Body & Mind book drive
A drive to collect new and gently used books will be held Aug. 1 through 16 to benefit Feeding Body & Mind., which distributes new and gently used books collected through America’s nationwide network of food banks.  By providing books along side food, Feeding Body & Mind recognizes the direct and substantial link between nutrition and learning, and hopes to end the cycle of physical and intellectual undernourishment.  Info: (661) 254-5222 for pickup and distribution of books or www.feedingbodyandmind.com

Job workshops at WorkSource
Register (661) 424-1062 or at Santa Clarita WorkSource located at 20655 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita.
Thursday:  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.
Aug. 13- Resume Building, 9-11 a.m.: Get your questions about resumes answered.

Lou Gehrigs/ALS support group
Information and support for those with ALS, their families and friends. Aug. 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, Aug. 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.
Today: 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

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 Aug. 12. Suggested donation is $1. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Summer safety luncheon

Valencia Women’s Connection presents “Summer Safety” Luncheon on Aug. 13, 11:30 - 1:30 pm at Santa Clarita Activity Center,             20880 Centre Point Parkway, Canyon Country. $18 per person.   Speaker Yrena Friedman, a pharmacist, shares how she discovered the “Prescription for Peace”
Laurie Bayless from the SC Sheriff’s Dept.  will speak on self defense for women
Complimentary child care, by reservation only.  Info: (661) 297-5589..

Art That Sizzles   exhibition
A new art show will be held at Tesoro Adobe Historical Park, 29350 Avenida Rancho Tesoro, Valencia, from Aug. 14 to September 11, 2009, with the theme Art That Sizzles. Free public reception on August 11 from noon - 5 p.m. View artwork, enjoy potluck appetizers, tour the museum which houses collectibles from the 1930’s and take in the beautiful scenery of cacti, succulents and desert flowers surrounding the Adobe. Info: (661) 259-5479.

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 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, Aug. 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
Sept. 19:  Pest Diagnosis: Plant Diseases and Insects

“Great tastes of the world”
The 3rd Annual “Great Tastes of the World” is Aug. 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

Hart Quarterback Club Golf Tourney
The Hart High Quarterback Club is hosting their 24th Annual Golf Tournament to be held at Elkins Ranch Golf Course in Fillmore on Saturday, Aug. 22. Check-in starts at 11:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Prizes, raffles and auctions are included as well as a BBQ dinner to follow. A discounted price is available until August 8th. Spaces are filling up fast, so sign up soon! Information and sign-ups can be found at www.hartindiansfootball.com or call April at (661) 259-9811

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, Aug. 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

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 Sept. 26th at the Valencia Hyatt Regency. Info: David Cline (818)933-0106 or dkline@bsa-la.org

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 Sept. 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.

 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.

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