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Posted: August 8, 2009 9:07 p.m.
Updated: August 9, 2009 4:55 a.m.
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Aug. 15
John Dean, whose key testimony before Congress as counsel to President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal riveted the nation, will speak 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. The Democratic Alliance for Action is sponsor of this event, which is free to the public. For updates, visit or call (661) 309-4DAA ((661) 309-4322).

Aug. 16
The Santa Clarita Homeless Shelter will host a "Comedy Night Fundraiser" Sunday, Aug. 16, at Christ Lutheran Church, 25816 Tournament Road, Valencia. Featured from the Disney Cruise Lines is Heath Hyche, and from The Tonight Show, Don McMillan. Show starts at 7 p.m., and BBQ begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the show, and $5 for the BBQ. Tickets call (661) 607-5418, or visit

Aug. 18
Second Annual Wine Tasting for the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 at Salt Creek Grill, 24445 Town Center Drive, Valencia. $75 per person. All proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club. Zaca Mesa and Jaffurs Wineries of Santa Barbara will be pouring to accompany a 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 the community. Register online at and enter sponsor code: henrymayo. Info: (661) 253-8888.

Aug. 20
Sample outstanding boutique wines courtesy of Vino 100 at the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children's Cancer "A Pour for the Cause - Panoramic Edition." 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Sky Tower at Magic Mountain. Enjoy enticing edibles from Buca di Beppo. Take in the panoramic views from atop the Sky Tower at Magic Mountain. Cost: $25. Advance purchase is required. RSVP by Monday, Aug. 17.

Aug. 22
Enjoy great food, fine wine and ale, live music and entertainment at the 18th annual Senior Benefit "Hot August Nights" to benefit the SCV Senior Center foundation 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22 at Mann Biomedical Park on 25170 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia. Info: Jill Bondy (661) 259-9444 x112 or

Upcoming Events

Back to School at Take Two resale
Assistance League is featuring a "Back to School" event during the month of August at their Take Two Resale Shop, 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

New and used books sought
A drive to collect new and gently used books will be held through Sunday, Aug. 16 to benefit Feeding Body & Mind., which distributes new and gently used books collected through America's nationwide network of food banks. Info: (661) 254-5222 for pickup an distribution or

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, with 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.

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.

SCV Quilt Guild activities
The Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Annual dues are $25.
Aug. 13 - Game night

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.
Saturday, Aug. 15 Pest Diagnosis: Weeds

Appleseed Shoots at Piru Rifle Range
Wes Thompson's Piru Rifle Range will host Appleseed Shoots on the following dates:
Aug. 22-23
Learn proper shooting techniques and more at this family-friendly event. The Wes Thompson Piru Rifle Range is located at 6700 Holser Canyon Road, Piru, CA 93040. Info:

Senior Center August lectures
All lectures held 1-2 p.m. in activity rooms 1 & 2 of the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.
Wednesday, Aug. 12 - Dr. Ronald Schwartz discusses "Constipation."
Wednesday, Aug. 19 - Candy Watson presents information on "Reverse Mortgages."
Wednesday 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.
Tuesday, Aug. 18 -10:30-11:30 a.m., a Hearing Clinic held in the Respite Office.
Sept. 10 and Oct. 8 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Mobile solutions van from the Braille Institute offers a wide variety of services for the visually impaired including the sale of assistive devices, library services registration, resource referrals, and more. Appointments required. Info: John Taylor at (661) 259-9444, extension 125.
Every Wednesday- From noon- 1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held in Activity Room 3. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588 ext. 138.

Job workshops at WorkSource
Register (661) 424-1062 or at Santa Clarita WorkSource located at 20655 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita.
Monday - Practice Interviewing, 9-11 a.m.: Be videotaped during a mock interview to analyze your body language, answers and more.
Tuesday, 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.
Thursday, Aug. 13 - Resume Building, 9-11 a.m.: Get your questions about resumes answered.
Friday, Aug. 14 - Enterprise Zone, 9-11 a.m.: Learn what the Enterprise Zone program is and how it may help you find employment close to home and find out if you qualify for a Notice of Eligibility.

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

Senior Cinema ‘The Patriot'
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center at 22900 Market Street., Newhall presents "The Patriot," starring Mel Gibson, 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. Suggested donation is $1. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Summer safety luncheon
Valencia Women's Connection presents "Summer Safety" luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 13, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. at Santa Clarita Activity Center, 20880 Centre Point Parkway, Santa Clarita. $18 per person. Speaker Yrena Friedman, a pharmacist, shares how she discovered the "Prescription for Peace"
Laurie Bayless from the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station will speak on self defense for women Complimentary child care, by reservation only. Info: (661) 297-5589.

Art that Sizzles at Tesoro Adobe
A new art show will be held at Tesoro Adobe Historical Park, 29350 Avenida Rancho Tesoro, Valencia, from Aug. 14 to Sept. 11 with the theme "Art That Sizzles." Free public reception noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. View artwork, enjoy potluck appetizers, tour the museum which houses collectibles from the 1930's. Info: (661) 259-5479.

Great Taste of the World fundraiser
The third annual "Great Tastes of the World" fundraiser will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at a private home 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

Bunco fundraiser for Lisa Smith
A bunco fundraiser for breast cancer survivor Lisa Smith will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Northbridge Club House, 23804 Grandview Dr., Valencia. Tickets: $25 per player and appetizer or dessert. Prizes and 50/50 raffle. RSVP by Aug. 7 to Lisa Bishop (661) 296-5383 or (661) 755-0883 or Kellie Tartabull (661) 645-0764.

Vietnam veterans support group
"The Lost Patrol" - Serving Vietnam era veterans and families will meet on 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 at Marie Callenders, 27630 N. The Old Road, Valencia for brunch. Info: (661) 296-6688 or e-mail

VIA business luncheon
Fred Arnold, president of California Association of Mortgage Brokers, will discuss the challenges, changes, and obstacles facing every homeowner in the coming months and years at the Via business luncheon. 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. $40 for VIA members, $50 for non-members. Info: (661) 294-8088 or

Hart Quarterback Club golf tourney
The Hart High Quarterback Club hosts the 24th annual golf tournament to be held at Elkins Ranch Golf Course in Fillmore on Saturday, Aug. 22. Check-in at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Prizes, raffles and auctions are included as well as a BBQ dinner to follow. Information and sign-ups at or call April at (661) 259-9811.

An evening of ballroom dance
Presented by Bella Vita Event Planning 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Valencia, Town Center Drive. Dance instruction 8 - 8:30 p.m., demos until 11 p.m. Light snacks. Info: (805) 405-1815.

Grandmother and Me Tea Party
The "Grandmother & Me Tea Party" 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23 Plaza Banquet Hall, 23710 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Celebrate your mother and/or grandmother with lunch, dessert, tea and a fashion show. Tickets: adults-$38, children-$28, RSVP needed, tea attire. Nominate mother and/or grandmother for the first SCV Queen Grandmother & SCV Queen Mother 2009. Info:

Newcomers and Friends coffee
Ladies, new to the SCV? Join Newcomers and Friends for coffee on 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m., at Peet's Coffee and Tea, 27047 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Group includes 170 members and offers luncheons, activities, trips. Info: (661) 299-1834 or


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