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Posted: January 12, 2010 10:20 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Dates to Watch

"Smarter Seniors Forum" presented by the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs will include: telemarketing fraud, identity theft, abuse, advanced health directives, and reverse mortgages, 1 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (213) 974-7238.

Learn how to help pay for college in a tough economy during a workshop with Mick Endersbe, presented by Thrivent Financial Centre Pointe Group, 7 p.m., Valencia High School Theater, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 295-9616.

Jan. 14
Start the year with new friends and possibly a new relationship at SCV Singles mixer, 7 p.m., Robinson Ranch Country Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Free. Info: (661) 252-8484.

Jan. 17
Organized by Congregation Beth Shalom for the family of SCV resident Jani Schofeld, a severely schizophrenic 9-year old who has been featured on "Oprah" due to the extent of her condition. Funds raised will help Jani's parents with her care. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Valencia. Info: or

Jan. 21
Hart High School Show Choir will perform their annual Cabaret Pops Concert, conceived, directed, choreographed, and produced entirely by the students. 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22, Hart High School auditorium, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info:

Children's bureau is seeking families to consider adoption of children in foster care, including single or married people, teachers, and retirees. Learn more at their monthly information meeting, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Six Flags Magic Mountain Administrative Office, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. RSVP required to receive directions and drive-on pass to property. Info: (661) 272-9996.

Jan. 30
Roast for Jay Thomas of Six Flags Magic Mountain, emceed by Bob Kellar, proceeds to benefit Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Santa Clarita Lodge No. 2379, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 257-2339, ext. 308.

Upcoming Events

Saugus Speedway Coat Drive
Donate a clean, gently used or new coat at the donation box available every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday January 1 - 31 at the shopper entrance gate to receive free Sunday admission; vendors receive $5 off selling space with each donation, Saugus Speedway and Swap Meet, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Donations will be distributed to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Shelter. Info: (661) 259-3886 pr

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

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, Jan. 14 - "Anchors Aweigh" Volunteer Opportunity, Help the Children; 9-11 a.m.; 26450 Ruether Ave.

Tuesday, Jan. 19 - "Art Experience," Origami Art, 7-9 p.m., 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.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 20 - Seven Reasons Why People Choose Cremation in America with Alan Benedict of Neptune Society.

Every Wednesday- From noon- 1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held in Activity Room 3.

Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Blood Sugar/Diabetes Clinic - registered dietitian Lori Robinsin will provide free blood sugar testing, 11 a.m. - noon, day care office.

Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588 ext. 138.

WorkSource workshops
Wednesday, Jan. 13 - 9 - 11:30 a.m., by appointment only

Thursday, Jan. 14 - CalJobs/Internet Job Search - 9 - 11 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 25 - Transferable Skills, 9 - 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 26 - Networking Job Club, 9 - 11 a.m.

All workshops held at Work Source California Career Resource Center, 20655 Soledad Canyon Road, Suite 25, Santa Clarita. Info: (661) 424-1062, ext. 10.

Community Hiking Club
Saturday, Jan. 16 - Sierra Pelona, moderate hike, 8:15 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17 - Dearing Trail, five mile round trip hike, 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21 - Homeschool Kid's Hike at Golden Valley, 8:20 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 23 - Fish Canyon, easy to moderate, 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27 - Free Showshoeing 101 Class, 7 p.m., REI Northridge. Rain or fire may cancel hikes. Bring water and snacks/lunch, wear hiking shoes.

Info: or

Relay for Life Committee
Join the planning committee for Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society event, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, Residence Inn, Stevenson Ranch. Info:

Self defense class for women
Learn how to defend and protect yourself against attack, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, Temple Beth Ami Sisterhood. Free. Info:

Stroke Awareness Seminar
Providence Holy Cross presents a free seminar on the signs of stroke, including screenings for two triggers - high blood pressure and high blood sugar, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills, North building conference rooms. RSVP requested. Info: (818) 847-4535 or

Preparing for New Baby
Farid Yashapour, M.D., will lead an hour-long discussion on "Preparing for pregnancy and delivery of a healthy baby," free, 9:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15, Providence Holy Cross Health Center, 19950 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch, community room. Info: (888) 432-5464.

AARP Driver Safety Program
Qualifies participants 55 and over for three-year automobile insurance credit, eight hour class, 2 - 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, and 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, $12 AARP members, $14 non-members, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 255-0519.

Friends of Libraries Book Sale
Used book sale to benefit the three Santa Clarita Valley libraries, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, JoAnne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-3980 or (661) 252-2255.

SCV Off the Grid Meeting
Founded to promote solar, wind, and watershed technologies in the SCV, organization holds monthly meetings, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, RSVP for address. Info: (661) 259-3704.

New Year's Blood Drive
Celebrate the New Year by donating blood and helping to save lives, all donors will receive two tickets to a Los Angeles Clippers game, a voucher for a free meal at Daphne's Greek Cuisine, complimentary gourmet cookies from Lady Di's, and a coupon for a free Golden Spoon Yogurt, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital/College of the Canyons Education Center, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Registration required -, enter sponsor code henrymayo. Info: (661) 253-8888.

Sierra Pelona Rock Club
Interested in mineralogy, lapidary, or geology? Bring your rocks and join the Sierra Pelona Rock Club for their monthly meeting, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info:

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 or by sending an e-mail to Info: (661) 298-0886, Option 3.

Newcomers and Friends
Ladies, are you new to the SCV or in a new place in life? You are invited to coffee at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, Panera Bakery, 24133 Baywood Lane, Valencia. Newcomers and Friends has 170 members and offers activities, trips, and luncheons for its members. Info: (661) 299-1834.

Unemployment Support Group
Find encouragement in a supportive environment, network with others, and learn about job searches, resume building, interviewing, and navigating financial challenges, 7 p.m., second and fourth Thursdays of each month beginning Jan. 21, New Life Church, 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Info: (661) 916-2033.

1950s Tupperware Madness
Dee W. Leye, Tupperware's top sales lady, will perform a take on the Tupperware parties of the 1950s, with all sales proceeds to benefit Circle of Hope, which provides assistance to breast cancer survivors in the SCV, 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Jan. 23, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 254-5218 or

Borrowing basics for women
In the market for a loan? Gain valuable insight from Borrowing Basics, one of the LifeForward workshops sponsored by Zonta Club of SCV, presented by Leslye Mack, president of GBD Enterprises, free, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Learn about the benefits of borrowing, different types of borrowing, and the steps needed to borrow. Reservations requested. Info: (661) 252-9351 or

Grief share support group
"Your journey from mourning to joy" support group for those who have suffered a loss, 12-week program, 7 p.m., starts Tuesday, Jan. 26, New Life Church, 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-4654 or (661) 916-2033.

Angel of Hope Monthly Meeting
Circle of Hope's monthly meetings are open to the public, every fourth Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., starting Jan. 27, 24417 Chestnut St., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-5218 or

Hart Park Walk Club
2010 Healthy Park Initiatives presents "Walking for Health," under the direction of William S. Hart Park recreation services leader, Laurie Bevington, light exercise with optional walking paths and pedestrian trails (3K), free, 9:15 - 10 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays starting Jan. 27, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 702-8953.

Joint meeting for Zonta/Soroptomist
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

Democratic Alliance for Action
Presentation by Harrison Katz on his SCV City Council candidacy and Robin Gilbert from The California Fair Elections Campaign on the financial influence of lobbyists, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, Vincenzo's Pizza, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 296-0298.

History of Radio Broadcasting
Relive the early days of radio and recount its history until modern times with presenter Carl Goldman, 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Free. Info: (661) 254-1275 or

SCV Optimist Casino Night
Casino games, appetizers, entertainment, and more, $30 donation per person includes $100 in chips, 5 - 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, American Legion Hall, 24527 Spruce St., Newhall. Info: (661) 251-8695 or

Free E-Waste Recycling Day
Bring your unused, outdated or broken electronics for environmentally safe recycling that will also raise money for SCV Senior Center refurbishment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 299-1561.

Health Care Reform Meeting
Unitarian Universalists of SCV will host Don Schroeder, co-chair of California One Care, Health Care for All California, who will provide the latest available information on the Health Care Reform Bill and the status of single payer health care, noon, Sunday, Jan. 31, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Free. Info:

Tesoro Adobe Art Exhibit
Art exhibit, appetizers, collectibles from the 1930s, desert plants throughout the property, and face painting for children, free, noon - 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, Tesoro Adobe Historical Park, 29350 Avenida Rancho Tesoro, Valencia. Info: (661) 259-5479.

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., Feb. 9, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444, ext. 125.

Castaic Education Wine Tasting
The Castaic Education Foundation will host a Sweethearts for Education Wine Tasting, includes appetizers, desserts, drawings, and raffle, $45, 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, Salt Creek Grille, 24415 Town Center Dr., Valencia. Info: (661) 702-9551.

Valentino for Valentines
Celebrate Valentine's Day with special display of Valentino artifacts, catered dinner, and a screen of Valentino's "Son of the Sheik," $40, Saturday, Feb. 13, William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4584.

Astronomical Society Meeting
Ventura County Astronomical Society will hold its monthly meeting with speaker David Doody, lead engineer for the Cassini's Mission Support Office at Jet Propulsion Laboratories, who will present "How We Got to Saturn and What We're Finding," free, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, Mesa Union School Multi-Purpose Room, 3901 Mesa School Road, Somis. Info: (805) 642-5166.

11th Annual No-Tap Tournament
Fundraiser to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities, silent auction, drawings, and bowling, 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, Valencia Lanes. Info: (661) 296-6700 or

SCVMTAC Piano Benefit Concert
The Santa Clarita Valley Music Teacher's Association of California will perform on stage with local students and Dr. Joshua K. Pifer to raise money for a SCCMTAC branch piano, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, Masters College Recital Hall, 21726 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Info: (661) 644-1355.



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