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Posted: February 23, 2010 9:48 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch
Susan Jeske, former Ms. America, will speak on “The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry and How to Avoid It,” which focuses on the safety of personal care products and cosmetics, free, 6:30 p.m., The Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Reservations required. Info: (661) 400-5010.

American Legion Post 507, 24527 Spruce St., Newhall, will host a BBQ luncheon in honor of the active military, recently discharged military, Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Mothers. 1 p.m.   Info:

Canyon Country Optimist Club will sponsor a bowl-a-thon benefiting childhood cancer, team and individual sponsors still needed, 5 p.m., Santa Clarita Lanes, 21615 Soledad Canyon, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 803-8786.

Celebrity Waiter Dinner to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Foundation will be a blast to the past with their “Prom Night” theme, including a three-course dinner,  entertainment from the William S. Hart School high schools, dancing, silent auction, and more, 6 p.m. $100. Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Info: or (661) 259-9444, ext. 151.

March 6
The 2010 Silver Spur Celebration hosted by the College of the Canyons Foundation will be held at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner to follow at 7.  Honorees are Gary and Myrna Condie. For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets for the event, call the College of the Canyons Foundation at (661) 362-3737 or (661) 362-3435.

March 7
Midwinter Madrigal Feast benefitting the Master Chorale of Santa Clarita offers dinner, wine, play, music, vacation opportunity drawing for Hawaii, and silent auction, $100, 6:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 254-8886 or

March 14
Santa Clarita Creative Guild presents the “Love Is in the Air” gala featuring fine artists and seasoned musicians, refreshments, hors d’ oeuvres, desserts and a no-host bar, $15 pre-show, $25 at door, 2-5 p.m., Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 312-3422 or (661) 254-2404.

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

SCV Man/Woman of the Year
Santa Clarita Valley’s Man and Woman of the Year committee is now accepting nomination forms from all local nonprofits for the prestigious 2010 SCV Man and Woman of the Year Award, which will be presented at a dinner on Friday, May 7, Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Submission deadline is Feb. 26. Download application at Info: (661) 252-0127 or

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:
Wednesday, Feb. 24 — “Anchors Aweigh” Wellness Wednesday Exploring Different Cultures, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., NLACRC, 28470 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia.
Thursday, Feb. 25 — “Anchors Aweigh” Cardio Kickboxing Class, 9:30-10 a.m., Santa Clarita Christian Center, 26017  Huntington Lane, Suite B, Valencia.
Thursday, Feb. 25 — “Anchors Aweigh” Volunteer Opportunity Mailing Project, 9-11 a.m., call for details.
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 and 2 of the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.
Wednesday, Feb. 24 —“Healthy Living” with health educator Loree Searcy from Providence Health & Services.
Wednesday, March 3 —Reverse Mortgages with Bank of America reverse loan officers Maria-Esther Villanueva and Gonzalo Monje.
Wednesday, March 17— Advance Care Planning and Physicians Order for Life Sustaining Treatments presented by Providence Health & Services palliative care manager Barbara Whitlatch and advance care planner Jonathan Urata.
Every Wednesday — From noon- 1 p.m., blood pressure checks held in Activity Room 3.
Wednesday, March 10— Blood Sugar/Diabetes Clinic with registered dietitian Lori Robinson, who will provide free blood sugar testing.
Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588 Ext. 138.

Income Tax Help for Seniors
IRS/AARP trained volunteers will be available to help seniors complete and file their income taxes, free, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons through April 14, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Participants need to bring a picture ID, copy of Social Security card, and last year’s tax return to appointment. Info: (661) 259-9444 or visit Elaine or Diane at the Senior Center from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Newcomers and Friends meeting
Ladies, are you new to the SCV or in a new place in life? Meet for coffee and find out about upcoming luncheons, activities, and trips, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, Starbucks on McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (661) 299-1834 or

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, Feb. 27, Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Free. Info: (661) 254-1275 or

Haiti Benefit Concert
Romeo, College Boyys, Anne Marie Perez De Tagle, Cymphonique and Fabulous Girl, JoJo, Ashley Argota, Lil King and Lil Fresh Boyz, Ariel Winter, Jacob Latimore, and Logan Charles will perform a benefit concert for I Heart Haiti Kids,  2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, bring two new or gently used school or children’s books (K-12 appropriate) and receive a discounted admission ticket of $24.99; the first 3,000 people bringing books will be admitted to the free concert with paid park admission.  Six Flags, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Info: (661) 255-4111 or

SCV Koi & Water Garden Club
The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club meets on the fourth Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. This month’s meeting will be held Feb. 28.  The Club is comprised of people with ponds or building a pond sharing ideas and experiences.  For information contact or (661) 259-6437.

23rd Annual Polar Bear Run
Sponsored by ABATE Local No. 1, 75-mile scenic route ending in Santa Clarita Valley, $12 singles/$18 couples, merchandise and 50/50 raffle, 8 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, Big Jim’s Restaurant, 8950 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Sun Valley. Info: (818) 244-9898.

Supporters of Proposition 15
Santa Clarita community leaders and citizens will be meeting to strategize a local grassroots campaign to support Prop 15, the California Fair Elections Act which will be on the June 8  ballot, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, Caruso’s, 18340 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 251-8450.

Accessorize with Social Graces
Free class on social graces and etiquette for ladies by Grace Lee includes proper ways to enter and exit a room, formal and informal stances and posture, proper sitting, and more, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 4, call for location. Info: (661) 703-3019.

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) Support Group
Santa Clarita Valley support group for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), their families and friends, free, 1-2:30 p.m, Saturday, March 6, Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (818) 865-8067, Ext. 234.
SCV Off the Grid Meeting
Founded to promote solar, wind and watershed technologies in the SCV, SCV Off the Grid will hold its monthly meeting from 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, private location. Info/RSVP: (661) 259-3704.

SCV Escrow Assoc. Meeting
The Santa Clarita Valley Escrow Association will hold its monthly dinner meeting, featuring a program on GFE/HUD regulations with past CEA president Margarita Billings, $25 for non-members, 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, Marie Callender’s, The Old Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 284-2900.

St. Patrick’s Day Race
Knights of Columbus will sponsor their 30th annual 5K run, starting in Mentryville at the west end of Pico Canyon Road, Newhall, run entirely on trail in the park property, 9 a.m., Saturday, March 13, $21-$27 pre-registration (parking fees included). Info: (661) 259-4384.

St. Francis Dam History/Tour
The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will host a tour of the site of the St. Francis Dam disaster in San Francisquito Canyon, preceded by a short lecture on the topic by Dam expert Frank Rock, free lecture at 11 a.m., $35 bus tour leaves at noon, funds raised will benefit the society, Saturday, March 13, Heritage Junction Park, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-1275 or
Astronomical Society Meeting
Ventura County Astronomical Society will hold its monthly meeting with Dr. Tommaso Treu, who will present “Dark Matter in the Universe,” free, 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 19, Mesa Union School Multi-Purpose Room, 3901 Mesa School Road, Somis. Info: (805) 642-5166.

2010 Women in Service Brunch
Brunch to honor outstanding volunteers nominated by nonprofits at the request of Zonta Club of SCV, $35, Saturday, March 20, Robinson Ranch Country Club clubhouse. Info: (661) 252-8424.

Ukranian Easter Egg Class
Art teacher Olga Kaczmar will lead a class on pysanky, the process that produce intricately designed Ukranian Easter eggs, 9 a.m. - noon, Wednesday, March 24, $40 non-members, free for members of the SCV Senior Center who are enrolled in first-quarter art classes. SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444.

SCV Democratic Alliance for Action
Regular monthly meeting, where you can learn about the latest SCV, state, and national events as part of a warm and dynamic progressive group, all Democrats welcome, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 25, Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24505 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 309-4322.

Samuel Dixon Heroes 5K Run
Uniquely fun inaugural family walk/run with bagpipes, chocolate finish, and hero hotcakes breakfast will raise funds to ensure quality health care for uninsured and under-insured in our community, 8 a.m., Saturday, March 27, Newhall Park, 24933 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tribute to local heroes in uniform to follow run. Info: (661) 257-2339 or

Easter Sunrise Service
Alliance of Christian Churches of Acton and Agua Dulce present a community worship ministry and pageant depicting the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the outdoor setting of Vasquez Rocks, free (donations welcome), 2 p.m., Saturday, April 11 and 5 a.m., Sunday, April 12, 10700 W. Escondido Road, Agua Dulce. Info: (661) 268-1488 or

Sixth Annual Walk of Hope
“Pawsitively Pink” event, where family members, teams, and dog owners can walk in support of Circle of Hope, which provides assistance to breast cancer survivors in the SCV. After the walk, there’s a classic car show and various vendors, including food, to enjoy. Free entrance; registration fee for walkers.  Walk and car show start at 8 a.m.  Saturday, April 17, Castaic Lake, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Info: (661) 254-5218 or

Assistance League Footsteps 5K
20th annual walk/run to raise funds for Operation School bell, which supplies SCV children in need with new clothing, shoes, health kits, and school supplies, 8 a.m., Sunday, April 18, Newhall Park, 24933 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 253-3114 or

Hart Park Walk Club
“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, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 702-8953.

ADD/ADHD/Autism meetings
All natural approaches to dealing with ADD/ADHD/autism spectrum disorders, 1 p.m. first Saturday of every month (excluding holidays), se habla espanol, limited seating, RSVP required, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Info: (661) 942-4220 or

Life Change/Infinite Possibility
Taught by Mike Dooley, 7 p.m., first Thursday of every month excluding holidays, no RSVP necessary. 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Info: (661) 942-4220 or

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.

LeTip business referral group
Network with other local professionals, 7-8:30 a.m., every Thursday, Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 295-9616.

SCV Swing Jazz Club
Meets on the fourth Sunday of every month to enjoy listening and dancing to the sounds of “The Blue Lagoon.” 2-5 p.m., $8/$10 or $15-$25 yearly membership fees. Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4220 or (661) 298-7865.

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.

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.

Beginners Latin Dance
Salsa lessons, no partner required, 7-8:30 p.m., every Wednesday, $5, Courtyard Marriott, 28523 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. Info: (661) 618-1105.

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 Callender’s, The Old Road, Valencia. Open to those 21 and older with an interest in snow skiing, snowboarding, and more. Info: (661) 255-8873 or


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