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Posted: September 7, 2010 4:20 p.m.
Updated: September 8, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Saturday, 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.

E.J. Stephens book signing “Images of America Early Warner Bros. Studios” 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Photo book of rare and historic images from Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

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 will be provided for all participants. 11 a.m. Soledad Shopping Center, 18386 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info:  or city of Santa Clarita Environmental Services at (661) 286-4098.

The American Red Cross Hometown Heroes recognition brunch honoring Santa Clarita Valley heroes will be 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.

Sept. 11 Remembrance Car Show will feature the Batmobile, Herbie the Love Bug and cars from “Starsky and Hutch,” “Knight Rider,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Back to the Future,” and more, flag display, guest singers, and local dignitaries, local fire, police and military personnel invited to eat free, event starts at 5 p.m., presentations at 8 p.m., Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info:(661) 755-5427 or

Monday, 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

Friday, Sept. 17

The Brittany Foundation will host their Comedy for Canines fundraiser 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.

Saturday, Sept. 18
Santa Clarita Boy Scouts of America’s Leaders of Character Recognition Dinner will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Cost: $150 per person, $1,500 table. Location: Odyssey Restaurant, 15600 Odyssey Dr., Granada Hills. Honoring: Honorable Howard P. “Buck” and Patricia McKeon, and Greg and Chell Amsler For information, call Jeff Prata (661) 212-1095.

‘Get Fit and Stop the Violence’
Join Fit Body Boot Camp from for the ‘Get Fit and Stop the Violence”  membership good through Oct. 6 and $100 will benefit the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita. Includes Ultimate Jump Start Nutrition Plan. Classes scheduled Monday-Friday at 5:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Workouts will take place Gymcheer USA. Info: (818) 635-9143.

Cell Phones for Soldiers
The Hart High School cheerleaders are sponsoring a cell phone for soldiers drive. Every cell phone turned in will be exchanged for a phone and sent to U.S. troops overseas. Phones can be dropped off until the end of the year to Hart High School Administration Office, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall or KHTS AM 1220, 27225 Camp Plenty Road, Unit 8, Canyon Country.

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.

Angel Food at Methodist Church
Angel Food program stretches your grocery budget with food items at discounted cost, one option is Bread of Life Signature box with enough food to feed a family of four for about a week for $31, order online with credit card or pick up an order form at Valelncia Methodist United, 25718 McBean Parkway, deadline is Friday, Sept. 17 and distribution is Saturday, Sept. 25. Info: (661) 255-1301.

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.

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.

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.

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.
 RSVP required: Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: Volunteer opportunities are available.

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, Sept. 8 — Job hunter’s club, 2-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 9—Resume building, 2-4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 13— Resume review, 2-4 p.m.

‘Is your senior safe to drive?’
Free educational seminar will include important information and resources to help family members provide the best possible care for their aging loved ones, seminar led by Dr. Jill M. Brink, geriatric and dementia care specialist, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, Summerhill Villa, 24431 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info: (888) 296-2411, ext. 7.

Grief recovery support group
A 13-week session for those struggling to accept the finality of the loss of a loved one, beginning Thursday, Sept. 9, cost $20 per individual (scholarships are available), 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Info: (661) 916-2033.

Care for Your Heart health fair
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will host a free community health fair, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10, Santa Clarita Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Education materials, nutrition and smoking cessation information, and a series of health screenings to include blood-pressure monitoring, height and weight analysis, body-fat analysis, oxygen saturation and carbon monoxide measurement, cholesterol test  (12-hour fasting recommended), glucose test and stroke education. Info: (661) 253-8408.

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, 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.

Hart High Choir Sale/Car Wash
Hart Show Choir will hold their third annual rummage sale with hundreds of items including furniture, clothing, toys, electronics, housewares and collectibles, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., front of Hart High School Auditorium, 24825 No. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Car wash in front parking lot of Hart High, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., $7 for regular/$10 for oversized car. Proceeds benefit Hart High School Show Choir.

L.A.-style salsa dancing
Beginner class at 9:15 p.m., open dancing 10:15-11:30 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 11, 18, and 25, $10 cover includes one drink, no cover with dinner, Inca Bistro, 22896 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus. Info: (661) 618-0115.

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 and information on fitness, nutrition, physical rehabilitation, stroke support groups, and smoking cessation, 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.

Ride to the Flags motorcycle ride
Ride to the Flags motorcycle ride, sponsored by the Gary Sinise Charitable Foundation, will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 in Ventura County. 9 a.m. registration at Laguna Vista Elementary School, Oxnard. 9:30 a.m. staging at Naval Base Ventura County, Pt. Mugu. No minimum donation, but all proceeds benefit the Snowball Express, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the Stephen Siller FDNY Children’s Foundation. Info:

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:

Successful job searching
What is involved in a successful job search, where to find jobs, strategies on listing and tracking your progress, networking, electronic resources, and how to fill out an application, free, noon-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, College of the Canyons, Student Center PDR 3, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 362-3286.

SCV Off the Grid meeting
Monthly meeting for SCV Off the Grid, founded to promote solar, wind and watershed technologies in the SCV, 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, private location. Call to RSVP and get address. Info: (661) 259-3704.

Summer sky and Magellan show
Find out about starts and constellations and planets visible in the sky during the late summer of this year, 7:30 p.m., and Magellan: Report From Venus, narrated slide program recapping the accomplishments of recent Magellan Mission to Venus, 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10, California State University Northridge, Bianchi Planetarium, next to Citrus Building, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. $$6 one show, $10 two shows nonstudents, $4 one show, $7 two shows for students. Info: (818) 677-5601.

Free chakra clearing meditation
Class led by Joan Darlene Reiki Master Teacher will be held 7 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 14. Call to reserve today – space is limited. Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. (661) 252-0650.

CalRTA fall luncheon
The California Retired Teachers Association will hold its fall meeting at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, International House of Pancakes, social hour at 10:30 a.m., luncheon at 11 a.m., Asssemblyman Cameron Smyth will be the special guest speaker, $12, reservations required before Sept. 9. Info: (661) 254-1616 or

‘U.S. Constitution’ speaker and lunch

Criminal defense lawyer Angela Berry-Jacoby will speak on the topic of the U.S. Constitution at the Don Jose Ortega Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Blvd., Reseda. RSVP required. Info: (818) 884-0224 or (818) 883-7843.

Astronomical Society meeting
The Ventura County Astronomical will hold its monthly membership meeting with speakers Robert Eklund and Al diCaziol on the topic “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: (805) 520-9666.

Genealogical society meeting
“Mission Archives & Other Historical Treasures” will be the topic of speaker Jim A. Beardsley at the San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society meeting, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, Chatsworth Train Station meeting room, 10038 Old Depot Road, Chatsworth. Free entrance; donations appreciated. Info: (818) 349-0878.

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, raffles, rides for the kids, face painting, games, car show, live entertainment and more with the theme “Route 66: Coming Home to OLPH,” 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.

Keeping Country in the Canyon
Canyon Country Mustangs 4-H club presents second annual fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept.18, Oak Creek Corral, 27345 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Family-friendly event,   free admission to vendor craft fair, horse rides 11 a.m.-1 p.m., petting zoo 10 a.m.-4 p.m., face painting, craft making, tacos, and shaved ice for purchase. DJ, demonstrations by professional ropers, dancing horses and riders. Info:  Tracy (661) 607-5971 after 2 p.m. or e-mail

Free health assessment
Learn your body mass index (BMI), hip to waist ratio, saliva pH, and blood pressure with health assessments from Dr. Roger De Sesa, certified chiropractic wellness practitioner, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 18, De Sesa Chiropractic, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. Appointment required. Info: (661) 294-0429.

Zoe International benefit concert
‘You can...’ event to raise awareness of the global problem of child sex trafficking, featuring singer Mandie Pinto, free, donations gratefully accepted, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, Real Life Church, 23841 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info:

Resume rally workshop
Learn effective resume and job search tips, free, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, College of the Canyons, Student Center PDR 2, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, Canyon Country Campus, Quad 1, Building B, Room 110, 17200 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 362-3286.

Veterans’ Aid & Attendance benefit
Learn about Veterans Administration benefits such as financial assistance, qualifications, and help in covering the cost of senior living, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21 or 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, Pacifica Senior Living, 24305 Lyons Ave., Newhall. RSVP required. Info: (661) 255-3100.

Sierra Pelona Rock Club meeting
Did your summer rock? Bring your rock hounding finds to the Sierra Pelona Rock Club ‘Show & Tell’ meeting, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, Greenbrier Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 255-5243 or

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

On Wednesdays beginning Sept. 22, Grace Baptist Church will host a Joy of Living bible study for women, an interdemonational study of God’s word in a 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


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