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Posted: August 24, 2010 6:36 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch

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 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:

Upcoming events
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:

Assistance League purse sale
Assistance League of Santa Clarita will hold a sale of gently used purses from Cobblestone Cottage at its Take Two resale store beginning Thursday, Aug. 26, 24634 Main St., Newhall.

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.

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 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

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.

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

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

Beginners salsa dance
Cuban-style salsa lessons, no partner required, beginners 7-8:15 p.m., intermediate 8:15-9:15 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.
 RSVP required: Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: 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. 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.
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:
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.

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.

Betty Ferguson youth program 
The Betty Ferguson Foundation youth program will host a open house, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25, beneficial to girls and teens grades five through 12, learn about setting boundaries, develop appropriate values and leadership skills, 25510 W. Ave. Stanford, Ste. 104, Valencia. Info: or (661) 702-8712.

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, Thursday, 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 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

Stroke-prevention and awareness fair
The Hycy and Howard hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center will host a free stroke program with health screenings to include blood pressure, cholesterol, body fat and carotid Doppler (if indicated) along with information on fitness, nutrition, physical rehabilitation, smoking cessation and stroke support groups, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, Saturday, Sept. 11, Providence Saint Joseph Medical center, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank. Register by Sept. 7. Info: (888) 432-5465.

SCV Rose Society meets at center
The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society meeting will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 at the Santa Clarita Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.  Speakers: Sue Diller and Barbara Schneider on “How to Make Rose Arrangements.” Info: Kitty Belendez, e-mail

Astronomical Society meeting
The Ventura County Astronomical will hold its monthly membership meeting with speakers Robert Eklund and Al diCaziol on “A Dialogue of the Galilian Imagination: Seen Through the Twin Lenses of Science and Poetry,” 7:30 p.m.. Friday, Sept. 17, Mesa Union School multipurpose room, 3901 Mesa School Road, Somis. Info: (661) 805-520-9666.

OLPH 66th annual barbecue in Newhall
Our Lady of Perpetual Help will host its 66th Annual barbecue with a great variety of food and desserts including rib, Italian sausage, tacos, hamburgers and hot dogs, raffles, rides for the kids, face painting, games, car show, live entertainment and more, 6-11 p.m, Friday, Sept. 17, 3-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19. Free and open to the public. Info: (661) 373-3734.

Mes Amies fun and games night
Betty Fergusion women’s group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, fun and games night on Tuesday, Sept. 21, with games, door prizes, pizza and popcorn, 25510 W. Avenue Stanford, Suite 104, Valencia. Info: or (661) 702-8712.

Women’s Joy of Living bible study
Every Wednesday, beginning Sept. 22, Grace Baptist Church will host a Joy of Living bible study for women, an interdemonational, in-depth study of God’s word in an informal, small group setting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week course, child care available available for ages 0-5 years. 22833 Copper Hill Dr., Saugus. Info: (661) 254-1039 or

Goddess spa/charity night
Evening to  benefit Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita with events and activities including martinis for the cause, raffle, snacks, beverages, book signing, five minute stress management, mini-services and readings for $10-$20, admission is free, 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country.  RSVP requested. Info: (661) 252-0650.


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