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Posted: November 3, 2009 9:18 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch
The 25th annual Zonta Club of SCV Tribute Dinner. This year's event honors Alan Barbakow, DDS. Tickets $100 in advance, $125 at the door. Cocktail attire. Event features auction, entertainment, dancing and fundraising to benefit philanthropic programs of the Zonta Club of SCV. Held at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills. Info: (661) 252-9351.

Wine tasting to benefit Assistance League, 3 - 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8, Compa Vineyard, Newhall. Wine tasting, meet the growers and makers, hors d' ouevres, and entertainment. Info: (661) 254-4126 or

Operation DVD, a drive to accumulate used DVDs from students and the community to send to overseas troops, culminates with local veterans speaking at Rio Norte Junior High, 10 a.m. - noon, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 28771 Rio Norte Drive, Canyon Country. Info:

Nov. 20-22
Festival of the Trees to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the SCV will be held in the SCV. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $3 and $5. The Magic of the Lights Gala will be held 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $75. To volunteer e-mail or call (661) 254-3063,

Nov. 21
‘Decadence' festival for the senses, featuring wine, chocolate, champagne and cheese, proceeds will benefit the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps children diagnosed with cancer and their families, The Patios at Westfield Town Center, Valencia. Tickets are $40 each or $75 per couple. Info: (661) 250-4100 or

Nov. 22
Santa Clarita Artists Association presents contemporary sculptor Scott Bruckner for lecture and Q & A, 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info:

Boutique, dinner, and fashion show to benefit homeless pets, at Rescues on the Runway. Sunday, Nov. 22, 3:30 p.m. boutique, 5:30 p.m. dinner & fashion show, Hyatt Valencia, Valencia Town Center. Info: (661) 252-3232.

Upcoming Events
My Favorite Place art contest for kids
Fastframe Valencia is hosting its first annual art contest for kids 6 - 10 based on the theme "My Favorite Place," accepting artwork through Nov. 14 at 24204 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info: (661) 291-1325.

Beginner salsa lessons
Free dance lessons through Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Wednesdays, Courtyard Marriott, 28523 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. No partner needed. Tips encouraged. Info: (661) 618-1105.

The Lost Patrol support group
Serving Vietnam era veterans and their families in the Santa Clarita, San Fernando, Simi, and Antelope Valleys, support group at 10:10 a.m. third Sunday of each month, Marie Callender's, 27630 North The Old Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 296-6699 or

Vendors needed for boutique
Handcrafted, homemade items needed for Women of Peace Holiday Boutique, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, Old Orchard Clubhouse, 23919 Avenida Entrana, Valencia. Info: (661) 297-0698.

Arts and crafts vendors needed
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's Home Tour League is looking for artists and crafters to participate in holiday boutique at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Newhall. Info: (661) 253-8051.

BFF holiday fundraiser boutique
Betty Ferguson Foundation hosts its annual holiday fundraiser boutique in new location, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, 25510 West Ave. Stanford, Suite 104, Valencia. Vendors needed. Info: (661) 702-8712.

SMO ‘Adopt-a-Family' Program
Single Mother's Outreach seeks compassionate Santa Claritans to ‘adopt' and provide gifts for hard working families for this holiday season. Currently, there are 187 active families in the SMO program. Info: (661) 288-0117.

Rancho Pico food drive for Pantry
Fourth annual food drive to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, with students collecting non-perishable food and hygiene items from Nov. 2 - Nov. 20. Community is invited to bring donations to the Rancho Pico Library between 3 - 4 p.m. on school days, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch.

Senior Center lectures/clinics
Wednesday, Nov. 11 - Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital physician Dr. Ronald Schwartz will speak on influenza and colds.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 - Primerica Financial Services Regional Vice President Thomas Reilly will discuss "Long Term Care Insurance"
All lectures held 1-2 p.m. in activity rooms 1 & 2 of the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.
Wednesday, Nov. 10 - Mobile Solutions from Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 11 - Registered dietitian Lori Robinson will provide free glucose testing, 11 a.m. - noon, Day Care office.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 - Hearing clinic by Audiology Services of Newhall, 11 a.m. - noon, 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.

Appleseed Shoots at Piru Rifle Range
Wes Thompson's Piru Rifle Range will host Appleseed Shoots on the following dates:
Nov. 14-15
Dec. 12-13
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:

Parkinson's Disease seminar
Neurologists will discuss the use of Activa Deep Brain Stimulation, an FDA-approved, non-drug therapy to help control some symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Hope Conference Center, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank. Free parking. Register online or call. Info: or (818) 847-4535.

Project Lifesaver fundraiser
SCV Senior Center and Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network will host fundraiser to expand Project Lifesaver safety program, 4:30 - 10: 30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, Bucca di Beppo, 26940 Theatre Drive, Valencia. Twenty percent of each check will be donated to Project Lifesaver. Info: (661) 297-4205.

SHS Fantastique Boutique
Holiday boutique with gifts from local artists and craftspeople, as well as food, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8, Saugus High School. Proceeds support the SHS PTSA Scholarship Fund. 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus.

Wild West Roses rose show

Hundreds of specimens on display, 12:30 - 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 296-5033 or

SCV Quilt Guild quilt show
"If These Quilts Could Talk" - displays, door prizes, and gift boutique, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, Alemany High School, 11111 N. Alemany Dr., Mission Hills. $6 or $5 with a non-perishable food item to be donated to the SCV Food Pantry. Info: (661) 297-2401.

Special Olympics softball tourney
3rd Annual Charity Softball Tournament benefitting Special Olympics Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley, 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14. Tournament is for B and C level, co-ed and men's teams. To be a co-ed team, must have a minimum of four females. All players must be 16+ with parent consent. Info: (661) 253-2121 or

Aquatic Swim Awareness
Fall fundraiser and swim meet where students compete for the gold and guests can bid on silent auction baskets, 4:30 - 6:15 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, Academy Swim Club, 28079 Smyth Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 702-8585.

So They Think They Can Dance
Saugus High School Dance Team dance clinic for boys and girls grades K-12, 2 - 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, Saugus High School Gym, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. $25 before Nov. 7, $30 after, includes T-shirt, pizza, drinks, dancing, and games. Funds generated from the clinic will support the team's competition costs. Info: (661) 296-2721 or

AARP Driver Safety program
Refresher class; students are eligible after completion of eight-hour AARP class within the past four years, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. $12 AARP members/$14 non-members. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Nazarene Church holiday boutique
Jewelry, cosmetics, blankets, candles, collectibles, baked goods and more, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, 23857 The Old Road, south of Calgrove. Info: (661) 259-5272.

Family portrait fundraiser
Professional family portraits taken outside will raise funds for Highlands Elementary School PFO, 8 - 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, McBean Parkway & Fairway Ave., Valencia. $30 sitting fee. Info: or (661) 265-5563.

SCAA Meeting with Marty Katon
Wildlife artist Mary Katon will demonstrate his technique and exhibit his work during the Santa Clarita Artists' Association meeting, 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, Westfield Town Center Community Room, 24201 West Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Free. Non-members welcome. Info: (661) 259-5479 or

Third Thursday  art walk
Wine-tasting and hors d' oeuvres during self-guided tour of shops and galleries in Old Town Newhall, 5 - 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, starts at El Trocadero Mesquite Steakhouse, 24264 Main Street, Newhall. Info: (661) 259-5479.

Astronomical Society meeting
Monthly membership and speaker meeting with Dr. Josh Simon, whose presentation is entitled "A Hitchhikers Guide To a Nearby Universe," 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, Mesa Union School Multi-purpose Room, 3901 Mesa School Road, Somis. Free. Info: (805) 520-9666.

Blessed Kateri open house
Docent led tours, Indian games and jewelry making, fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 and 1 - 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, Blessed Kateri Tekawitha Parish, 22508 Copper Hill Drive, Valencia. Free. Info: (661) 713-6716 or

Humor Helps shelter benefit
Comedian Jim Breuer from "Saturday Night Live" headlines Humor Helps benefitting The Santa Clarita Shelter, 3 p.m. show, 2 p.m. silent auction, Sunday, Nov. 22, Christ Lutheran Church, 25815 Tournament Road, Valencia. $20 - material is suitable for the whole family. Info: (661) 607-5418. or

Jaycees Santa's Helpers event
The 11th annual event assists 200 local families by providing them with toys for the holiday season, 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Toy donation boxes are located throughout town. Info: (661) 661-816-7688 or

Project Return peer support
Self-help group for people who recognize they have a mental illness meets 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and noon on Thursdays, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, #200, Valencia. Info: (661) 600-4689.

SC Amateur Radio Club at City Hall
The Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club welcomes amateurs and non-HAMs at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held in Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. Club members volunteer for L.A. County Disaster Communications Services, DCS, and the city emergency radio services. Info:,

SCV Mother of Twins boutique
More than 20 vendors offering unique items, including baked goods, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Newhall. Raffles, plus free cookies and coffee. Portion of proceeds will benefit Carousel Ranch. Info:

Children's Hunger Fund benefit
Pamper yourself before the holiday rush begins, take some time just for yourself while feeling good about helping less fortunate children. Sunday, Dec. 6 benefit for the Children's Hunger Fund. $75 includes massage, skin care tips and products, make-over touchup and tips, glamour photo, refreshments, give aways and more. Reservations required. Space is limited. Contact Sue Saffir (661) 254-9392.

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.



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