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Your Community: Dates to Watch and Upcoming Events

Posted: December 15, 2009 10:45 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Dates to Watch
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,  2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p. m. Sunday.  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.

The 11th annual Jaycees Santa’s Helpers event assists 200 local families in need by providing them with toys to give their children for the holiday season, 6 p.m., Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Toy donation boxes are located throughout town. Info: (661) 816-7688 or www.scvjaycees.com.

Dwilfri Dance Productions will host a dance showcase, 6 p.m. 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.

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, 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
Angelfood at Methodist Church
When your food dollars are shrinking, Angelfood at Valencia United Methodist Church is here to help.  Contact us for information or ordering at www.angelfoodministries.org.

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. 17 - Anchors Aweigh Volunteer Opportunity, Mailing Project - 9 - 11:30 a.m., LMS Office, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia.
RSVP required by calling Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or letmesail1@sbcglobal.net. Info:  www.letmesail.org. Volunteer opportunities are available.

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.

Teen Moms support group
Supportive, non-judgmental environment for learning, growing and encouragement, teaching and discussion groups, SCV Pregnancy Center. Teen moms and their babies welcome. Info: (661) 255-0082.

Postpartum Passages group
Support group helps moms ease into the transition that a newborn brings, facilitiated by trained specialists, 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation Building, Room 2, 23871 McBean Parkway, Valencia. $10 per person. Info: (661) 200-BABY.

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.

Community Hiking Club
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.

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.

Drive-thru living nativity
Santa Clarita United Methodist Church will host a free drive-thru living nativity, done tableau style, including six scenes from the Christmas story, guests drive through in approximately 20 minutes listening to the scriptures and music, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus.  Info: (661) 297-3783.

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.

Lou Gehrig’s ALS Support Group
Support group for people with ALS, their families and friends, 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Free. Info: (818) 865-8067, ext. 234.

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 www.scvrelay.org/2010/teams.html or by sending an e-mail to Teams@scvrelay.org. Info: (661) 298-0886, Option 3.

Zonta Latina festival
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.

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

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.

Ski and sports club meeting
Santa Clarita chapter of Chapter of Century City Ski Club meets at 7 p.m., first Tuesday of every month, Marie Callendar’s, The Old Road, Valencia. Open to those 21 and older with an interest in snow skiing, snowboarding, wake boarding, bicycling, air chairing, theater outings, and more. Info: (661) 255-8873 or www.ccsc.org.

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 Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Services, DCS, and the city emergency radio services. Info: f001@lacds.com, www.w6jw.org.

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.

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—
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. RSVP 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, yard work, office work or grant writing, as well as assisting at fundraising and adoption events or baking for bake sales held the fourth Sunday of every month. Info: (661) 803-2909 or sathewords@yahoo.com.

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