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Posted: August 17, 2010 3:33 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

Fridays
Jazz and Blues Concert series with live music from regional, national and international entertainers in a quaint street party setting, no admission, concerts start 7 p.m., through Friday, Aug. 27. Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway, Valencia.
Aug. 20 — Delgado Brothers
Aug. 27 — Michael John & the Bottom Line

Thursday
Santa Clarita Valley Boutique vendors fundraiser benefitting Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, 9 a.m.-9p.m., Lakeshore Valencia Clubhouse, 24316 Venturi Drive, Valencia. Vendors include Beijo Bags, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Dazzle Me Designs, Lia Sophia, and more, raffle grand prize is $600 spa package, silent auction until 8:30 p.m. Info: (818) 454-9669 or jen@WhiteNowWhitening.com.

Aug. 20
One Hit Wonder dance fundraiser to benefit Single Mothers Outreach, featuring 80s music and costume contest, appetizers, raffle prizes, retro drink specials, $35 per person, $60 per couple, 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Paseo Club, Valencia. Info: www.singlemothersoutreach.org.

Aug. 21
The Hart Quarterback Club is hosting its 25th annual Golf Tournament at Robinson Ranch Golf Course, shotgun start at noon, dinner, prizes, raffles, silent auction, all proceeds will benefit the Hart High football program. Info: (661) 259-9811 or www.hartindiansfootball.com.

VFW 6885 Barbecue Cookoff, noon-4 p.m., 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-6885.

Aug. 28
Carousel Ranch’s 14th annual Heart of the West fundraiser features a dinner auction, casino and children’s demonstration, sponsored by Princess Cruises, $85-$175, tables and sponsorships available, 6 p.m., Agua Dulce Airport, Agua Dulce Canyon Road. Info: www.carouselranch.org or www.heartofthewest.info.

Sept. 11
The Betty Ferguson Foundation Woman of Honor Dinner will recognize Jacquie Peterson and be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. $150, sponsorships available. For more information, contact the BFF office (661) 702-8712.

Help maintain a portion of the Santa Clara River at the annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo. Gloves, trash bags, snacks and special giveaways for participants provided. 11 a.m. Soledad Shopping Center, 18386 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info: www.greensantaclarita.com  or call city of Santa Clarita Environmental Services at (661) 286-4098.

Sept. 25
Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley will host the first “Box City” event to benefit efforts to aid homeless families in the SCV. Participants raise a minimum of $100 in pledges and contributions and sleep overnight in a cardboard box “home” as a resident of Box City. 4 p.m.-7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. Real Life Church, 23844 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Info: www.FamilyPromiseSCV.org.

Vendors wanted for holiday boutique
North Park Elementary School seeks vendors for their holiday boutique on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ten percent of all sales will benefit the Parent Teacher Association. Info: LClary1@socal.rr.com.

California Rangers equestrian group
California Rangers, a non-profit youth equestrian group, is looking for new members. No riding experience or horse needed. Open to boys and girls ages 9 to 17. Group rides one night weekly, 6-8 p.m., year round. Info: (661) 645-2962.

Sports Club meeting
California’s Complete Sports Club, also known as Century City Ski Club, meets 7 p.m., first Tuesday of every month at Marie Callendar’s across from Magic Mountain on The Old Road in Valencia.  Membership is open to anyone 21 or older. Info:  www.ccscsports.org, Don Gately, (661) 255-8873.

Books and Better Education group
 The Betty Ferguson Foundation book club, called B.A.B.E., share ideas and learn something new during monthly book club meetings, second Saturday of each month, September’s book is “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Free. For info and book selections visit www.BettyFerguson.or or call (661) 702-8712.

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.

Stitches from the Heart
Group needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little sweaters, and hats for babies in need; items are donated to hospital all over the country. Patterns available and donated yarn appreciated for our seniors. Info: (877) 985-9212 or StitchFromHeart@aol.com.

The Lost Patrol support group
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 355,  chapter meeting/brunch  held monthly, usually at 10 a.m., third Sunday of every month, at Marie Callenders, 27630 N. The Old Road, Valencia. For updated locations and times info: (818) 508-9626.

Rancho Camulos historic landmark
Docent-led public and group tours offered 1-4 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from February-November, special group and school tours available, suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for children and students, proceeds benefit Rancho Camulos’ nonprofit museum — a National Historical Landmark where the early California lifestyle is preserved in its original rural environment, 5164 East Telegraph Road, Piru. Info: (805) 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org.

Food Pantry seeks volunteer drivers
The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry needs volunteer drivers to help pick up donations from local restaurants and markets on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings.  Info: (661) 255-9078.

Mental illness support group

The National Alliance of Mental Illness hosts an ongoing free support group for families and loved ones of those with a serious mental illness, 6:30 p.m., first and third Tuesday of each month,  Santa Clarita Mental Health Clinic, 23501 Cinema Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 360-8002.

SCV Koi & Water Garden Club
The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club, meets 4 p.m., fourth Sunday of the month, Sunday, Aug. 22, at the home and pond of members.  Club is comprised of people with ponds or building a pond sharing ideas and experiences.  Info: (661) 259-6437 or (661) 296-9252.

Read with Me seeks volunteers
The Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist students and improve their reading skills in local public schools for the coming year, volunteers are asked to commit for several months, one day a week for two hours. Info: (661) 414-4465 or aunger@scveducationfoundation.org.

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

Parenting group for singles or couples
Learn how to help children develop self discipline, problem solving skills, responsibility and self esteem, as well as why children misbehave and specific strategies to help solve those problems, $35 per group session, sliding fee available, 5 p.m., Mondays, 25050 Peachland Ave., Suite 255, Newhall. Info: (661) 644-7803.

LETMESAIL 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:
Sunday, Sept. 12 — Flag football and cheer practice, 4:30 p.m., College of the Canyons Upper Field, 26455 Rockwell Canyon, Canyon Country.
Monday, Sept. 13 — LMS Starz drama club, 6:30 p.m., location to be determined.
Friday, Sept. 17-Sunday, Sept. 19 — Passport to Travel, San Diego fall fling, call for more details.
Sunday, Sept. 19 — Flag football, 4:30 p.m., College of the Canyons Upper Field, 26455 Rockwell Canyon, Canyon Country.
Monday, Sept. 20 — LMS Starz drama club, 6:30 p.m., location to be determined.
Tuesday, Sept. 21 — Cooking club, fresh Mexican food, 6 p.m., Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus.
Thursday, Sept. 23 — Volunteer opportunity mailing project, 9-11 a.m., location to be determined.
Saturday, Sept. 25 — Sound of Music sing-a-long, Hollywood Bowl, 4-11 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 26 — Flag football and cheer practice - 4:30 p.m., College of the Canyons Upper Field, 26455 Rockwell Canyon, Canyon Country.
Monday, Sept. 27 — LMS Starz drama club, 6:30 p.m., location to be determined.
 RSVP required: Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or letmesail1@sbcglobal.net. Info:  www.letmesail.org. Volunteer opportunities are available.

Senior Center
lectures/clinics

All lectures held 1-2 p.m., room A6, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588, Ext. 138.
Wednesday, Aug. 18 — Why Americans are choosing cremation over in-ground burials, presented by Alan Benedict of Neptune Society.
Wednesday, Aug. 25 — Osteoarthritis vs. Osteoporosis: ‘What’s the Difference?’ will be presented by family practitioner Dr. Gregory Castillo of Providence Health & Services/Facey Medical Group.
Wednesdays — Noon-1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held, Activity Room 3.
Wednesday, Aug. 18 — Free hearing checks provided by Audiology Associates, 11 a.m.-noon, in Respite Office.

WorkSource workshops
Held at Santa Clarita WorkSource California office, College of the Canyons University Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road,  Suite 259, Valencia, unless location otherwise indicated. Info: (661) 799-WORK.
Wednesday, Aug. 18 — Enterprise Zone orientation, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 19 — Interviewing skills, 2-4 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 20 — Bank of America recruitment, 2-4:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 23 — Interview coaching, one-on- one appointment, 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 25 — Job hunter’s club, 2-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 26 — Transferable skills, 2-4 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 27 — CalJobs internet job search, 9-10:30 a.m. and Bank of America Recruitment, 2-4:30 p.m.

Community
Hiking Club
Nonprofit organization hosts local hiking excursions. Bring water and food, and wear hiking boots as well as layered clothing. Rain cancels all hikes. Information: www.communityhikingclub.org.
Saturday, Aug. 21 — Sullivan/Rustic Canyon, moderate six mile hike, meet at Towsley Canyon parking area outside the gate at 6:50 a.m., bring bug spray and sunscreen.
Saturday, Aug. 28 — Whitney Canyon, cool, short hike, wear long pants, meets at 8 a.m., Park and Ride at the end of Newhall Ave.
Saturday, Sept. 4 —  Dawson Gap to Vincent Gap, moderate eight mile high country  hike, meet at 7:20 a.m., Vons at corner of Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon Roads.
Saturday, Sept. 11 —  Six mile loop at Towsley, plus additional two mile loop if it’s not too hot, meet at 8 a.m., Towsley Canyon, bring sun protection.
Saturday, Sept. 18 — Big Santa Nita Canyon loop, nine mile strenuous hike, not recommended for beginners, meet at 5:45 a.m., Towsley Canyon.

Veterans Aid and Attendance benefit
Overview for the Aid and Attendance benefit available to eligible wartime veterans or their surviving spouses, which can offset some of the costs of medical, assisted living, home health care or nursing home expenses, 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Aug. 18, Summerhill Villa Senior Living, 24431 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-9933.

Open House with Captain Paul Becker
Meet new Sheriff’s Captain Paul Becker at a community open house, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, City Hall, 23920 Valencia Boulevard, Valencia. Captain Becker brings nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience to the Santa Clarita Valley. Info: (661) 255-4939.

AARP Driver Safety program
Refresher class qualifies participants age 55 and over for three-year automobile insurance credit, prerequisite is regular AARP eight-hour class in past four years, $12 members, $14 nonmembers, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Santa Clarita Valley swing jazz club
Hear live swing music played by various swing bands, free half-hour swing lessons at 1:30 p.m., jamming musicians welcome, dancers of all ages invited, Sunday, Aug. 22-Buzz Maddoz Octet, Sept. 26-Sardo’s Jazz Holiday with Pete Kier, Oct. 24-Scott Lowe Big Band, Nov. 28 — Evie & All That Jazz; $6 senior center members, $7 jazz club members, $10 non-members, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4220.

Introduction to chakras and Reiki
Free class taught by Joan Darlene, Reiki master, offers info on chakras, Reiki, and how the two are related, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24, Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 252-0650.

Braille Institute Mobile Solutions 

The Braille Institute Mobile Solutions Van offers a wide variety of services for the visually impaired, including sale of assistive devices, library services registration, and resource referrals. Appointment required. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444,ext. 125.

Light the Night Caruso’s fundraiser 

The SCV-Newhall Optimist Club is sponsoring a Light the Night fundraiser from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25, Caruso’s Italian Restaurant, 18340 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 296-0782.

Aging with Humor workshop 
‘Didn’t My Skin Used to Fit?’ led by speaker Judith Harris, MFT, blends humor, psychology and culture, learn how to reduce negative stress and be optimistic, 7 p.m, Wednesday, Aug. 25, Pacifica Senior Living, 24305 Lyons Ave., Newhall. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 255-3100.

High Impact workshops
Trade Shows — learn strategies, techniques and practices used by veterans to improve results, 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25; Community Exhibiting - learn the tricks to inexpensive and successful exhibiting at community events, 11 a.m, Thursay, Aug. 26. Lunch included. Coco’s Restaurant, 24930 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Info: (661) 600-3048.

Book signing and wine tasting
Vino 100 will host a book signing and wine tasting event with editor and publisher Tom Silberkleit for “The California Directory of Fine Wineries,” 5-9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27, 28112 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. $10 for wine tasting; books available for purchase. Info: (661) 294-6886 or www.vino100valencia.com.

Wise Weighs weight loss workshop
Serving anyone currently trying to lose weight or who wants to lose weight, design your diet, no stress, includes workbook and lunch, 7 a.m. -2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, LaQuinta Inns and Suites, two for one Signal special. Info: www.wiseweighs.com or (661) 373-1899.

Hart cheer Spirit Day
Girls ages 5 to 12 are welcome for a day of learning cheers, chants, jumps, a short dance routine, and pizza lunch with the Hart High cheerleaders, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, Hart High School Large Gym, $45, participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and photo. Info: www.Harths.org.

Zonta Club ‘Workplace Success’

Free workshop to help local women find success in the workplace, with info on suitable attire, tips on what makes a good employee become a great employee, and the rights of an employee and what an employee can expect from an employer, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, Valencia Library, community room, 23743 West Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Reservations requested. Info: www.scvzonta.org or (661) 252-9351.

Brittany Foundation dog adoption
Meet adoptable dogs of every size, age, breed, and color, all dogs rescued from shelters, puppy mills or foreclosures and are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations, and learn more about volunteer opportunities, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29, Mountainview Community Park, 28502 Seco Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: www.brittanyfoundation.com.

Family to Family education program
The National Alliance of Mental Illness will sponsor a 12-week education program for family members and loved ones of persons who have serious mental illness, 6:30 p.m., Monday evenings starting Aug. 30 (excluding Labor Day), Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 360-8002.

Pine Mountain Club Oktoberfest

Tthe Pine Mountain Club Property Owners Association (PMCPOA) will host its 35th Annual Oktoberfest, festivities begin at 11 a.m. each day, Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5 in Lampkin Park, just west of the Village Center, with entertainment and activities including music and dancing, a variety of art and craft vendors, plenty of food and drink, and games for all ages. Free entrance and parking. Pine Mountain Club lies 18 miles west of Interstate 5 at the top of the Grapevine.  Exit at Frazier Mountain Park Road and follow the signs.  Info: (661) 242-3788 or www.pinemountainclub.net.

Hometown Heroes recognition brunch
The American Red Cross Hometown Heroes recognition brunch will held held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Tickets are $50 each. Contact Terry Stone at (661) 200-1700 to reserve seats. Deadline is Sept 1.

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