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Your Community: Dates to Watch and Upcoming Events

Posted: September 14, 2010 6:55 p.m.
Updated: September 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Dates to Watch
Wednesday, Sept. 15
Canyon Country Advisory Committee meeting with presentations to include the California High Speed Rail Project, Vista Canyon Ranch update, info about the Santa Clarita City Council, CCAC Hometown Hero nomination, Santa Clarita library takeover, One Valley One Vision, Farm Bureau of Ventura County, River Rally report, unified development codes and more, free, open to the public, 7-9 p.m., Mint Canyon Moose Family Center Banquet Room, 18000 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 713-9344.

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, proceeds benefit homeless dogs at Brittany Foundation, inside Marie Callender’s lounge, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Info: sathewords@yahoo.com 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 Drive, Granada Hills. Honoring: Honorable Howard P. “Buck” and Patricia McKeon, and Greg and Chell Amsler For information call Jeff Prata (661) 212-1095.

‘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., Real Life Church, 23841 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info: www.youcanevent.com.

“American Idol” finalist Chakeezy will perform at 7 p.m. at Rocket Fizz Soda Pop Shop, 24300 Town Center Drive, Ste. 103, Valencia. Free. Info: (661) 753-9985.
 
Saturday, Sept. 25
The third annual Castaic Days Outdoor Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Castaic Lake Recreational Area and will feature kayaking, Reptacular petting zoo, live stage entertainment, children’s bouncies, classic car show, used book sale on Saturday, climbing wall, Remo drum circles, model float plans, fishing demonstration, family fair activities and more, free entrance and free parking to the first 700 cars, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Info: www.CastaicDays.com.

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley presents a free women’s workshop “Creating Wellness, Handling Stress and Taking Care of You” with Karen Maleck-Whiteley of Balance Point Spa, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Community Room, Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. RSVP required. Info: (661) 252-9731 or www.scvZonta.org.

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: www.FamilyPromiseSCV.org.

Upcoming events
Pet Assistance seeks volunteers

Pet Assistance, a nonprofit organization, is looking for new members and volunteers, as well as donations. Info: (661) 260-3140.

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.

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 Valencia 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 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.

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.

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 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.

‘Experiencing God’ discussion group
‘Experiencing God: Contemplative Living and Spiritual Practices’ learning and discussion group meets Sunday mornings, 9-10 a.m., St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 259-7307.

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:
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 letmesail1@sbcglobal.net. Info:  www.letmesail.org. 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.
Thursday, Sept. 16— Interviewing skills, 2-4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 20—Interview coaching, 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 21— Worksource orientation, 2-3 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, Sept. 18 — Big Santa Nita Canyon loop, nine mile strenuous hike, not recommended for beginners, meet at 5:45 a.m., Towsley Canyon.

‘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
Join the Canyon Country Mustangs 4-H club for the second annual Keeping the Country In the Canyon Jamboree fundraiser 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept.18 at 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, 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 bowerslewis@sbcglobal.net. Visit www.countrycritters.biz  to find out more about the Oak Creek Corral.   Or canyoncountrymustangs4hclub.org.

Free health assessment
Learn your body mass index, 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.

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

College of Canyons theatre auditions
The College of the Canyons Theatre Department will hold special auditions for the roles of Willy Loman and Linda Loman for the college’s spring 2011 production of “Death of a Salesman,” noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, Pico Canyon Hall, Room 101, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: paul.wickline@canyons.edu.

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 VA benefits, 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. The club promotes interest and education in mineralogy, lapidary, geology, paleontology and related subjects. Info: (661) 255-5243 or www.sierrapelona.com.

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: www.BettyFerguson.org 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 for ages 0-5 years. 22833 Copper Hill Dr., Saugus. Info: (661) 254-1039 or peterpadgett@sbcglobal.net.

Newcomers and friends
Ladies, are you  new to the SCV or in a new place in life? Join us for Coffee Corner, 10:30 a.m.., Thursday, Sept. 23, Newcomers and Friends, call for location. We have monthly luncheons, activities, trips and 1180 members. Info: (661) 296-0872.

Balance Point Spa charity night
Sponsored by Balance Point Spa and La Curcio Luxury Skincare Collection,  Goddess Charity Night will 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 such as angel card reading, channeled card readings and dream tending for $20 or mini massages for $15 or hand paraffin and hand massage for $10, 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.

Autumn sky and Mt. Wilson show
Find out about stars, constellations and planets visible during the  early autumn, 7:30 p.m., and 100 Years of Discovery at Mt. Wilson with Mike Simmons, president of Astronomers without Borders, 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, California State University Northridge, Bianchi Planetarium, next to Citrus Buulding, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. $$6 one show, $10 two shows non-students, $4 one show, $7 two shows for students. Info: (818) 677-5601.

Heritage Haunt auditions
Open auditions for working the Heritage Haunt, anyone interested in being an actor or helping out with the non-profit event can attend, 10 a.m.-noon, Sunday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 3, 24101 Newhall Avenue, Newhall. Info: www.scvhaunt.com.

Stonefire Grill’s 10th anniversary
Anniversary celebration and fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, $1 minimum donation will allow visitors to enjoy a meal of barbecue tri tip, garlic mashed potatoes, chopped salad, carrot cake and drink, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, Stonefire Grill, 23300 Cinema Dr., Valencia. Info: (661) 799-8282.

‘A Sukkot to Remember’ fair
Celebrate books and the joy of reading at Congregation Beth Shalon’s ‘A Sukkot to Remember’ book fair, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, 21430 Centre Point Parkway, Saugus.  Four children’s and young adult’s authors (Sarah Lynn, Betsy Rosenthal, Jean Blasiar and J.D. Squires) will sign their books, used book sale, barbecue, and bouncies. Guests encouraged to bring a gently used book to the fair, which will be distributed through Books for People. Info: (661) 254-2411.

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, 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.

Preparing for a Job Fair
What to expect from a job fair, how to prepare yourself, overview of resume techniques, interviewing skills, job search and applications, free, noon-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, College of the Canyons, Student Center 129, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 362-3286.

Fall Poetry Festival presents Zen Nam
Santa Clarita Valley author Richard Weekley (aka Zen Nam) will read and sign “Already There,” followed by the Fall Poetry Festival, with music and food, 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, Laughing Buddha Garden, 24721 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-5215.

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