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Posted: August 15, 2009 10:06 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Homeless Shelter will host a "Comedy Night Fundraiser" today, 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 barbecue begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the show, and $5 for the barbecue. Tickets call (661) 607-5418, or visit

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. Info: (661) 254-3063.

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. Register online at and enter sponsor code: henrymayo. Info: (661) 253-8888.

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. RSVP by Monday, Aug. 17.

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

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

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 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

Special-education services in SCV
The Santa Clarita Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) serves Castaic, Newhall, Saugus, Sulphur Springs, and William S. Hart Union High School District to provide special education services for students with identified disabilities from birth to age 22. Info: (661) 294-5398.

Food Pantry seeks volunteer drivers
The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry needs volunteer drivers to help pick up donations from local markets on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings. Info: (661) 255-9078.

Hospice care volunteers sought
Provide support to those facing a life-limiting illness. Our volunteers become part of the hospice care team by making home visits, lending a listening ear, offering caregiver relief and assisting with errands, as well as bereavement support. Training provided. Info: (818) 895-8000.

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

‘Cruise-in' to be held on Saturdays
Santa Clarita's "Cruise-in" 6 a.m. every Saturday. All vehicles and models welcomed, free event. Racer's Edge Indoor Karting, 26445 Ruether Ave., Santa Clarita. Info:

Dog rescue seeks volunteers
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

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 wil be held 5 -7 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 18 , Sept. 22, Oct. 13, Nov. 17. Attendees need to RSVP (661)294-5540 and provide name, parent name and daytime telephone number.

Appleseed Shoots at Piru Rifle Range
Wes Thompson's Piru Rifle Range will host Appleseed Shoots on the following dates:
Aug. 22-23
Sept. 19-20
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. 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.
Sep. 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.

LETMESAIL August event calendar
LETMESAIL, (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living) for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host the following events for registered clients:
Monday-Friday Aug. 17-21 - "Passport 2 Travel" Summer Camp/Ojai Experience; Call LMS Office for details.
Thursday, Aug. 20 - "SNAP Cheer Practice"; 6:30-7:30pm; LARC Ranch; 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road.
Sunday, Aug. 23 - "SNAP Flag Football Practice"; 6-7:30pm; College of the Canyons Upper Field; 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road.
Monday, Aug. 24 - "Cooking Club" Chili Cook Off; 6-8pm; Adult Day Health Care Center; 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
Sunday, Aug. 25 - "Art Experience" Cornucopia in Pastel; 7-9pm; Adult Day Health Care Center; 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
RSVP required by calling Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: Volunteer opportunities are available.

Sierra Hillbillies workshop
The Sierra Hillbillies Square & Round Dance Club is continuing its plus level workshop 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 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.

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. today 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 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

High Impact event resource seminars
Wednesday, Aug. 19 - Smart Trade Show Logistics - Strategies and tricks of the trade shows and conferences to save thousands, increasing their ROI.
Thursday, Aug. 20 - Proven strategies and techniques to get maximum return for your investment on a community event. Info: (661) 3048 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 starts at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Prizes, raffles and auctions are included as well as a barbecue dinner to follow. Information and sign-ups at 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 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.

Little League fall registration
Canyon Country Little League is accepting registration for the fall softball, T-ball, and baseball season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 29. Season starts on Sept. 19. Open to boys and girls of all skill levels between the ages of 4 and 15. Info: (661) 298-1451 or

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

5 for $5 at Whole Foods
Celebrate Whole Foods Market Valencia's five year anniversary with a 5 for $5 sale all day on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, from noon - 3 p.m., there will be a party with free samples, nutrition info, great food, back to school lunch box ideas, face painting, music and fun for the kids. Enter to win a shopping cart full of groceries. 24120 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info: (661) 260-2377, ext. 210 or

Grandmother and Me Tea Party
The "Grandmother & Me Tea Party" will be held 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23 at Plaza Banquet Hall, 23710 Lyons Ave., Newhall. 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:

Hart District meeting
The William S. Hart High School District will hold a meeting for families in Calgrove/Hidden Valley area on possible boundary adjustments at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, Placerita Junior High School, 25015 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-0033, ext. 227.

Breast cancer fundraiser
Enjoy a fun night out and help raise money for Angie, as she battles breast cancer, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24 at Scooter's Jungle. A percentage of the night's profits will be donated. $8 per child, $5 donation per adult. 28230 Constellation Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 775-3898 or

Newcomers and Friends coffee
Ladies, new to the SCV? Join Newcomers and Friends for coffee at 10 a.m.., 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

Macintosh users monthly meeting
Monthly Macintosh users meeting will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 at Valencia Mac, 23333 Cinema Drive, Suite 100, Valencia. Following Q & A, the Mac OS X's capability will be demonstrated. All Mac users and interested parties welcome. Info: (661) 250-4149.

Read With Me! volunteers sought
The SCV Education Foundation's Read With Me! program is set to start up for a second year. Volunteer orientation and informational meeting 4 p.m. on Aug. 25, Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Age 18 years or older. Info: Ann Unger at (661) 414-4465.

DIVA: Drop in, visit awhile
Make new friends and join in the fun at the monthly Betty Ferguson Foundation from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Aug. 25. 25510 Avenue Stanford, #104, Valencia. Info: (661) 702-8712.

Santa Clarita Gardening Club
Interested in gardening? Want to interact with other gardeners? The initial meeting of the Santa Clarita Gardening Club will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 26, 25668 Dorado Drive, Valencia. All levels of expertise are welcome. RSVP required. Info: (661) 259-9845, (661) 250-8345 or



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