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Posted: February 27, 2010 10:59 p.m.
Updated: February 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Dates to Watch
Fridays
St. Clare Catholic Church 32nd annual Lenten Fish Fry. Takeout meals are available. Children and seniors eat for $7.50; adult dinners are $8.50, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, through March 26. St. Clare Catholic Church, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country.

March 4
The program for the March SCV Chamber of Commerce luncheon will feature many of the candidates who will be running for three open seats on the city of Santa Clarita City Council. Seven of the 11 candidates have confirmed their attendance and participation for the luncheon. Each candidate will be given two minutes to share their political vision and work program at the luncheon. Following the opening remarks, luncheon attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the participating council candidates. The Chamber's Monthly Membership Luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $35 in advance or $40 at the door and is open to all. Info: Crystal Collatos at crystalc@scvchamber.com.

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. Info: College of the Canyons Foundation at (661) 362-3737 or (661) 362-3435.

"Shout Hope" benefit concert and fund-raiser for "To Write Love on Her Arms," light dinner included, $15, 5:30 p.m., Valencia United Methodist Church. Info: (661) 373-6748 or www.twloha.com.

March 7
Midwinter Madrigal Feast benefiting 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 info@scmasterchorale.org.

March 9
Soroptomist International of Greater SCV will host the annual "Live Your Dreams" award luncheon, with awards to young girls and women who volunteer in the community and overcome challenging life obstacles, $20, 11:30 a.m., The Oaks Grille at TPC, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Info: (661) 254-6380.


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.

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, 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.
Wednesday, March 24-Digestive Health and Reducing Chances for Colorectal Cancer with Dr. Amy Goff.
Wednesday, March 31-Oral Health and Our Wellbeing with mobile dental hygienist Donna Lombardi. (Caregivers encouraged to attend).
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.
Wednesday, March 24-Free hearing clinic with audiologist Randall Bartlett of Audiology Services for people who do not wear hearing aids. 11 a.m.-noon, Day Care Office. 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.

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 comprises people with ponds or building a pond sharing ideas and experiences. For information contact www.santaclaritakoiclub.com or (661) 259-6437.

23rd Annual Polar Bear Run
Sponsored by ABATE Local #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 Proposition 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 include 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.

Local Vendor Day at Whole Foods
Meet local food producers such as Jamie Alba of Sisley Restaurants, who has a new line of vegetarian frozen foods; Jeff Cohen of Granola gourmet; Jerry Gonzalez of Spun City organic cotton candy; and Maria Elena's Latin horchata drinks as they'll take part in a panel discussion, free, noon-1:30 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 24130 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info: (661) 260-2377, ext. 210 or tina.landrum@wholefoods.com.

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.

CRTA Winter Meeting
California Retired Teachers Association's winter luncheon and general meeting includes lunch, general meeting, and representatives from the SCV Senior Center's Trips and Tours. 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 9, IHOP, 24737 Pico Canyon Road, Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9829.

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.

AARP Driver Safety Program
Qualifies participants 55 and over for three-year automobile insurance credit, $12 AARP members; $14 non-members, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 13, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444.

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 alan@scvhistory.com.

‘Love Is in the Air' for Creative Guild
Santa Clarita Creative Guild presents the "Love Is in the Air" gala featuring art and music, refreshments, hors d' oeuvres, desserts, and a no-host bar, $15 pre-show, $25 at door, 2-5 p.m., Sunday, March 14, Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 312-3422 or (661) 254-2404.

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.

Newsmakers of the Year Awards
The 2008-2009 Newsmakers of the Year Awards hosted by the SCV Press Club will be held Friday, March 19, in the Hyatt Regency Valencia. 6 p.m. cocktails. 7 p.m. dinner. Raffles only, no auction. Tickets $70. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and support for student journalism programs. For reservations call (661) 902-5590 or e-mail mbuttelman@the-signal.com.

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

Ukrainian Easter Egg Class
Art teacher Olga Kaczmar will lead a class on pysanky, the process that produces intricately designed Ukrainian 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.

Comedy at JR's Comedy Club
Have some laughs and help homeless dogs at the same time. Comedy for Canines at JR's Comedy Club will raise funds for The Brittany Foundation, a non-profit, no-kill dog rescue in Agua Dulce. Friday, March 26. $20 ticket includes show entrance, plus silent auction and raffle opportunities; two-item food and drink minimum. 8 p.m. 27630 The Old Road. Info: sathewords@yahoo.com or (661) 803-2909.

Samuel Dixon Heroes 5K Run
Uniquely fun inaugural "Heroes" 5K family walk/run with bagpipes, chocolate finish, and hero hotcakes breakfast will raise funds to ensure quality health care for uninsured and underinsured in the SCV. $25 registration fee by March 23 or $30 day of race, 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 www.sdfhc.org.

Vasquez 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 West Escondido Road, Agua Dulce. Info: (661) 268-1488 or adetres@theshepherd.org.

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