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Posted: August 25, 2009 9:23 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.
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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

Sept. 13
Los Angeles Retarded Citizens will host their annual fundraiser 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at their Santa Clarita Valley Ranch. Entertainment from Tom Nolan Orchestra and a buffet lunch. $125 per person or $325 per family. Info: (661) 296-8636, ext. 219.

Sept. 14
Birdies for Books 19th annual charity golf tournament will be held 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.

Sept. 19
Dianne Van Hook, chancellor of College of the Canyons will be feted at the 10th annual Betty Ferguson Foundation Woman of Honor dinner Saturday, Sept. 19, at Tournament Players Club in Valencia. Tickets and info: (661) 702-8712,

Sept. 26
The Boy Scouts of America will honor Bill and Cathy Kennedy, Rick and Ann Patterson and Joe and Barbara Schulman. The dinner reception will be held at the Valencia Hyatt Regency. Info: David Cline (818) 933-0106 or

Sept. 27
The Wine Affair, sip, stroll, savor. The second annual Wine Affair hosted by Soroptimist International of Greater SCV will be held 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 on Town Center Drive in Valencia. Wine tasting, food, entertainment. Admission: $40 in advance; $50 day of the event. Tickets are available online at or by mail. Send a check to SIGSCV, Attention: Sheryl Geraci, P.O. Box 801352, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-1352. For information, e-mail or call (661) 803-9202.

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 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.

‘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:

Orchestron meets Thursdays
Happy Times Orchestron meets 4 - 5 p.m. Thursdays at The Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Bring your instrument, all instruments and skill levels welcome. Info: (661) 298-9553.

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.

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.

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

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, Sept. 19 Pest Diagnosis: Plant Diseases and Insects

Senior Center lectures
All lectures held 1-2 p.m. in activity rooms 1 & 2 of the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.
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, Sept. 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.

Witness to Wildlife hike
Witness to Wildlife three mile hike for Patagonia/San Gabriel-Castaic habitat corridor will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 along the Pacific Crest Trail, starting at National Forest Service's Canyon Trailhead, intersection of Indian Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road. Fun for groups of friends or family includes activities and storytelling. $5 day-pass for parking. Info: (310) 435-8773 or

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:
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.
Wednesday, Aug. 26 - "Anchors Aweigh" Wellness Wednesday; Being a Good Friend; Regional Center; 28470 Avenue Stanford Suite 100.
Thursday, Aug. 27 - "Anchors Aweigh" Cardio Kickboxing Class; 9:30-10am; Santa Clarita Christian Center; 26017 Huntington Lane, Suite B.
RSVP required by calling Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: . Volunteer opportunities are available.

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. 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

Henry Mayo child and infant classes
Wednesday, Aug. 26 - Baby Care Basics - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Informal class includes newborn care, sleep patterns, vaccinations, and SIDS. Discussion session follows. $20. Info: (661) 253-8607.
Class above will be held at Henry Mayo's Human Resources Building, Room #2, 23871 McBean Parkway, Valencia.
Thursday, Aug. 27 - Parent Preview - 6:45 p.m. Expectant parents are invited to tour the hospital's maternity services. Free. Meet in ARU Dining Room, Pavilion, 25727 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (661) 253-8607.
Tuesday, Sept. 1 - Prenatal Breastfeeding Workshop - 6:30 p.m. Covers breast anatomy, latchingon and positioning, milk supply, and common breastfeeding concerns. $35. Human Resources Building, Room #2, 23871 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (661) 253-8607.

Boy's Night Out singalong
Join the SCV Men of Harmony for camaraderie, fun, and singing from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Info: (661) 424-9009.
Macintosh users monthly meeting
Monthly Macintosh users meeting will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. 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.

Saugus District meeting
The William S. Hart High School District will hold a meeting for families with students at Mountainview Elementary School and Rio Norte Junior High School on possible boundary adjustments at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, Arroyo Seco Junior High School. Info: (661) 259-0033, ext. 227.

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. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 25668 Dorado Drive, Valencia. All levels of expertise are welcome. RSVP required. Info: (661) 259-9845, (661) 250-8345 or

COC Theatre auditions
Auditions for five productions of the College of the Canyons Theatre Department's next season will be held Aug. 25, Aug. 26, and Aug. 29 in the Black Box Theatre (times vary), 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info:

Specialty Toastmaster club
Learn self confidence through public speaking - club meets at 5:15 p.m. every other Tuesday - Sept. 1, 15, and 29 - at Specialty Labs Theater, 27027 Tourney Road, Valencia, North side of building. Guests are welcome. Info: (661) 263-6066.

Bunco benefits Circle of Hope
Bunco at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, Sept. 5, 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) 254-5218.

Women's Support Group
A women's support group will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 6, at 23030 Lyons Avenue, #205, Newhall. Presented by Nancy King, M.A., MFT. Info: (661) 645-3341.

Moms Club picnic in the park
MOMS Club of Stevenson Ranch will host a picnic in the park/children's music concert to recruit new mms and children on Wednesday, Sept. 9, featuring the guitarist from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Info: (661) 312-9196 or

Senior Center Cinema
"Dead Poets Society" will be shown at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. Donation $1, .25 for popcorn. Info: (661) 259-9444.

SCV Youth Project poker tournament
A Texas Hold ‘Em fundraising event for SCV Youth Project will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at Tournament Player's Club Valencia, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. $40 spectator viewing and silent auction, $125 individual buy-in. Info: (661) 257-9688 or



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