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Posted: December 12, 2009 8:31 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Dates To Watch
Today

Annual “Winter Wonderland” fundraiser to support rescued animals and violence prevention. Includes sledding and playing in real snow, food, hay rides, unique holiday gifts, and appearances by the Santa Cow and The Ice Princess, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Gentle Barn, 15825 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. $20 adults/$10 children. Info: (661) 252-2440.

The Santa Clarita Master Chorale will host a holiday concert 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the Chorale’s 10th season in the SCV. Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets $26-$10. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.canyonspac.com.

Dec. 18-20
The Santa Clarita Ballet Company presents “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia.  8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 and 2 p.m. and 7 p. m. Sunday, Dec. 20.  Info and Tickets: (661) 251-0366. 

Dec. 19
“Heart of the Holiday” food drive featuring adoptable dogs from The Brittany Foundation, samples of Margo’s Bark Root Beer, tasty food treats, music, playtime, and story time for kids, noon - 3 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 24130 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Buy supplies and food for the dogs, staff and volunteers of The Brittany Foundation on-site and/or bring a new, unwrapped toy for “Toys for Tots.” Info: (661) 260-2377, ext. 210.

Dec. 21
“Blue Christmas Service” for people feeling sad and lonely during the holiday season, 4 p.m., Friendly Valley Community Church, 19246 Avenue of the Oaks, Newhall.

Dec. 31
“LETMESAIL” New Year’s Eve Ball is a New York City-themed evening with cocktails, hors d’ ouevres, dinner, dessert bar, live entertainment, dancing, casino games, and a ball drop at midnight, Thursday, Dec. 31, Hyatt Valencia, Town Center Drive, Valencia.  Funds raised will benefit LETMESAIL, a non-profit organization that features programs for teens and adults with disabilities. Info: (661) 702-8855 or www.letmesail.org.

Upcoming Events
LETMESAIL event, activities 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:
Thursday, Dec. 10 - Snowflakes & Service Volunteer Opportunity - 9 - 11 a.m., Help The Children, 26450 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country
Friday, Dec. 11 - Snowflakes & Service Holiday Night at the Races, 7 - 9:30 p.m., Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus.
Monday, Dec. 14 - Bucks & Lights - 6 - 8:30 p.m., call office for meeting location
Thursday, Dec. 17 - Anchors Aweigh Volunteer Opportunity, Mailing Project - 9 - 11:30 a.m., LMS Office, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia.
Thursday, Dec. 24 - Snowflakes & Service Community Event, gift distribution to pediatric units, call office for more info.
RSVP required by calling Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or letmesail1@sbcglobal.net . Info:  www.letmesail.org. Volunteer pportunities are available.

Clothes forCommunity
The city of Santa Clarita, Waste Management and the Salvation Army invite community members to participate in a new and innovative program called Clothes for Community. The new mobile clothing drive allows community members to donate their gently used clothing to those in need, while reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. There are two ways for community members to participate in Clothes for Community: dropoff or pickup. For drop -ff, residents may drop off clothing to be donated at the specially-designated Salvation Army Drop Box, located at the Waste Management/Blue Barrel Yard at 25772 Springbrook Road, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.  For the pick-up program, scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2010, Waste Management will mail “bag-tags” to every household in the City.  Residents will simply place clean clothing in wearable condition in garbage bags or cardboard boxes, tape a Waste Management “bag tag” with a pick-up date to the front, and leave the bags on the curb on the designated pickup day to be collected by Salvation Army trucks. 

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 trooper76@earthlink.net .

Cell phones for soldiers drive
Hart High School cheerleaders will collect old cell phones for soldiers, which are recycled with funds used to purchase prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops serving overseas, throughout the month of December. Phones can be dropped off at the Hart High administration office at 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall, or at KHTS AM Radio Station at 27225 Camp Plenty Road, Canyon Country.  Info: (661) 254-7231 or www.harths.org .

Assistance League holiday shopping
Take Two Resale Shop features holiday items and decorations for sale, as well as high-quality resale merchandise. Proceeds benefit various philanthropic programs, including Operation School Bell. Info: www.assistanceleague-alsc.org  or (661) 255-1991.
 
Follow the Star to Bethlehem event
Follow The Star...to Bethlehem is a free walk through, or drive through event, depicting the life of Jesus Christ in 13 live scenes with actors, dramatic music, live animals and scripture, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. , Sunday, Dec. 13. Walkers may enjoy hot chocolate, and caroling in the courtyard. Bring a non perishable food donation for Help The Children. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. (661) 252-0622, www.followthestar.com.

Holidays at Valencia Granary Square
The Merchants of Granary Square invite you to celebrate at Granary Square, McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive in Valencia:
Saturday, Dec. 19
Noon to 3 p.m. Free photos with Santa (limit 2), near Hallmark; Holiday Music by DJ Sammi Lanthier; Treats on the Square (Popcorn & Cotton Candy), near My House Plumbing & Bree’s Pet Depot

Community Hiking Club
Sunday, Dec. 13 - Condor micro-trash clean-up with girls scouts, 1 - 3:30 p.m. at Bear Divide.
Tuesday, Dec. 15 - SCV Green Meeting, 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17 - Canyon Trail at Placerita with Home School Kids, 8:15 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19 - Hike into the Narrows at Towsley Canyon, 9 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19 - Devil’s Chair Hike, seven-miles, altitude, 8:15 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20 - Palo Comado/Cheeseboro Canyons Loop, five miles, elevation gain.
Saturday, Dec. 26 - Henninger Flats, moderate, six miles, 8 a.m.
Info: www.communityhikingclub.org  or zuliebear@aol.com.

Free admission to Magic Mountain
Earn free admission to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia Sunday, Dec. 13 when you donate a $15 toy to the annual Toys for the Holidays toy drive. Price tag or receipt must accompany toy.

Senior Center Sunday matinee
Shirley Temple’s “The Little Princess” will be shown. There is also a Shirley Temple look-alike contest (pick up entry form at Senior Center), 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Canyon Country  candle lighting
The Santa Clarita Chapter of Compassionate Friends will host their annual Worldwide Candle Ceremony to honor memories of children, siblings, and grandchildren, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, Canyon Country Park, 17615 W. Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-4654 or www.compassionatefriends.org .

Henry Mayo winter blood drive
Give back and help save a life by donating blood, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. , Tuesday, Dec. 15, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital/College of the Canyons Education Center, 25727 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Registration required. Info: (661) 253-8888 or www.givelife.org .

Republican Women Federated
The Santa Clarita Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, International House of Pancakes, 24747 Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Info: (661) 299-1834.

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) 816-7688 or www.scvjaycees.com .

Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley returns
This holiday season the city of Santa Clarita welcomes back the popular Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley. The festive Trolley will shuttle shoppers to three local retail destinations free of charge from Saturday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 24. The Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley allows Santa Clarita residents to arrive at their shopping destination without the stress associated with holiday parking and traffic. The trolley will make stops at Target, Kohl’s and in the circular loop near TGI Friday’s at the Westfield Valencia Town Center to drop off and pick up shoppers at 20 minute intervals. Info: www.santa-clarita.com .

Showcase benefits Dixon Centers
Dwilfri Dance Productions will host a dance showcase, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, featuring Willie Arroyo and Ingrid  Blanco and their students in a demonstration of Latin dancing. Dinner, music, entertainment and dancing. Tickets are $100 each. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers. Call Toni at (805) 405-1815 or Willie at (661) 754-6513.  Send your check to Bella Viita Event, P.O. Box 2152, Canyon Country 91386.

Bass tournament and Texas Hold ‘em
A bass tournament will be held 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 at upper Castaic Lake.  Contact Jim Reyes at jreyes@verizon.net  to hold your spot. Great for the first time tournament angler, fathers and sons and daughters. Castaic Regional Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road, Castaic. (661) 775-8865/66 or fax (661) 257-8730.  The Texas Hold’em poker tournament will be held 9 a.m. to  1 p.m. Contact Don Smith, Rons brother, at dgsmitty2003@yahoo.com  to hold your spot. Only 99 spots available.  Free event, although donations will be welcomed to cover the costs.

Food and entertainment
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Silent auction and appearance by Santa Claus. Kids Craft Corner put on by Home Depot, Football challenge put on by Castaic Cougar Football and Cheer, Soccer games put on by AYSO, Basketball games, Face Painting, Sidewalk Art, Jumpers, Snow Sledding area (bring your own sleds) and more.  Community Toy and Food Drive . Bring an unwrapped toy for a child under age 12.  Bring canned foods and support the baked good sale; all proceeds go to Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

Santa Clarita Rose Parade excursion
The city of Santa Clarita invites community members to sign up to attend its Rose Parade Excursion, held on Jan. 1. The city excursion will shuttle residents from the city’s Sports Complex to Pasadena to view the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade for reserved grandstand seating along the parade route. Tickets are limited and available at $95 per person for residents, $110 per person for non-residents, and $100 per person for non-resident seniors (55+). The cost includes round-trip transportation by bus and reserved grandstand seating. Registration is available online at www.santa-clarita.com  or at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex Aquatic Center. The last day to register is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Santa Clarita city council filing opens
The filing period for local residents interested in running in the city of Santa Clarita’s 2010 City Council elections will open Monday, Dec. 21, and continue through Friday, Jan. 15.  The 2010 City Council election will be held on Tuesday, April 13. Prospective City Council candidates must secure the signatures of 20 to 30 city residents before filing nomination paperwork. If any incumbent council candidate chooses not to file nomination papers by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, the filing period for non-incumbent potential candidates will be extended to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Christmas Eve candlelight service
Santa Clarita Baptist Lutheran Church will be celebrating Christmas Eve with a candlelight service, including the singing of Christmas carols, special music from Worship Choir, and reading of the Christmas story, 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24, 27249 Luther Drive, Canyon Country.

Braille Institute’s Mobile Solutions
The Mobile Solutions van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, offering services such as the sales of assistive devices, library services registration, resource referrals, and more, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan.5 and Feb. 9, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444, ext. 125.

Docent classes for Placerita Center
Placerita Canyon Nature Center Volunteer-Naturalist Training Program Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Nature Center 19152 West Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Sessions run from 9 a.m. -noon Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 11 with a graduation dinner planned for March 27. Topics of the program include the study of native plants, ecology, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, geology, valley history and interpretive techniques. No special background is required.  Other volunteer opportunities are available that do not require the nine-week training program. Some of these are trail maintenance, office helpers and gift shop staff. (English/Spanish) volunteers and docents are especially needed. Info: (661) 259-7721 or e-mail: ron.kraus@placerita.org .

College funding workshop
Learn how to help pay for college in a tough economy during this workshop with Mick Endersbe, a nationally recognized expert in the field, presented by Thrivent Financial Centre Pointe Group, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, Valencia High School Theater, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 295-9616.

Early bird team registration due
Now is the time for teams to register to participate in the American Cancer Society’s SCV Relay For Life, scheduled for May 22-23 at Central Park in Saugus. Early bird team registration of $100 is available until Jan. 19, after which team registration is $150. Registration assures a team of a campsite at Relay and allows team members to register and raise funds online. Captains can register a team by downloading a registration form from http://www.scvrelay.org/2010/teams.html   or by sending an e-mail to Teams@scvrelay.org . Info: (661) 298-0886, Option 3.

Zonta/Soroptomistto meet jointly
Celebrate the joint Zonta/Soroptomist meeting, guest speaker Judge Freixes, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, Valencia Hills Clubhouse, Valencia. Info: (661) 254-5931 or penman.judy@dol.gov .

Free tax help at SCV Senior Center
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center will have IRS/AARP-trained volunteers to complete and file income taxes for seniors at no charge. The volunteers will be at the center on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from Feb. 9 through April 14. Seniors are encouraged to make an appointment early. Call (661) 259-9444, or visit Elaine or Diane in the office of the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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