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Posted: August 21, 2010 3:25 p.m.
Updated: August 22, 2010 4:30 a.m.

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. 27 — Michael John & the Bottom Line

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: or

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:  or call city of Santa Clarita Environmental Services at (661) 286-4098.

The American Red Cross Hometown Heroes recognition brunch will 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.

Sept. 13
The eighth annual Special Olympics Southern California Santa Clarita Charity Golf Tournament raises funds for athletic training and competition for athletes eight years or older in a variety of Olympic-type sports, 8 a.m., Monday, Tournament Player’s Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. $175 per player or $700 for foursome includes lunch, refreshments, buffet, silent and live auction for player and significant other following event. Info: (661) 253-2121 or

Sept. 17
The Brittany Foundation will host Comedy for Canines with comic Pete George at JRs Comedy Club, 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, silent auction, raffle, buy now table, and more, tickets are $20, plus two item food and drink minimum, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Info: or (661) 803-2909.

Sept. 26
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., Real Life Church, 23844 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Info:

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:

California Rangers equestrian group
California Rangers, a nonprofit 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

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:, 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Senior Center

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. 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.

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.
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.

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:
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.

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. $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
Chakra’s, what the are, and what they mean to you in your everyday life? Free class taught by Joan Darlene, Reiki master, offers info on chakras and Reiki. 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

‘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

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: 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:

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: 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:

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
The 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


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