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Posted: October 2, 2010 10:06 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2010 10:06 p.m.

Soroptomist International of Santa Clarita Valley presents the seventh annual Bras for a Cause, noon-3 p.m., Tournament Player’s Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. ‘Ports ‘O Call’ theme, steel drums, exotic refreshments, beautifully decorated bras,  hors d’ oeuvres and wine tasting, silent auction, opportunity drawing for Princess Cruise, merchandise from local vendors, $65. Info: (661) 645-1893.

Join Mr. Six for the Six Flags Magic Mountain 5K Race and 1K Kids-Grandparents Walk benefitting the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, free parking on race day, $24.99 admission for registered participants, race T-shirts, 7:30 a.m. for 1K and 8 a.m. for 5K, $14.99 registration for 5K and $9.99 registration for 1K, register at (code 1874588). Info: (661) 259-9444, ext. 151.

Friday, Oct. 8
Taste of Expo, Santa Clarita’s largest business and networking event, features more than 30 of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers, exhibit halls, NASCAR simulator, and complimentary commemorative photos for attendees. $20 includes 10 food and drink tickets, 5-9 p.m., Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Point Parkway, Saugus. Info: (661) 702-6977 or

Saturday, Oct. 9
The seventh annual Circle of Hope Theatrical Tea will take place noon-3 p.m. (also on Sunday, Oct. 10), $50 buys a boarding pass for a world cruise of high tea, wear your favorite Panama, beret, or boater hat and festive resort wear, done on three classic tea courses, silent auction and raffle, profits benefit uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients undergoing treatment. Private location in Newhall will be revealed upon ticket purchase. Info: (661) 254-5218 or

Sunday, Oct. 10
The 10th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair will take place at Hart Park, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with entertainment from Extreme Canine Stunt Show and the Fun Dog Show with celebrity judges including Shorty Rossi as seen on Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss” show, plus pet-related vendors, people food, Kids Zone rides, and adoptable animals from Los Angeles County shelters with a special $30 adoption fee that includes spay/neuter and vaccinations, leashed pets welcome, free entrance, 24151   Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info:

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild presents its 26th annual fashion show: “Diamonds Are Forever,” includes luncheon and exclusive boutique, 10 a.m., Sheraton Universal, Universal City. $90. Funds raised benefit laboratory services at the hospital. Info: (661) 253-8051.

Sunday, Oct. 17
Breakfast with the Gibbons at the Gibbon Conservation Center, where nearly 35 endangered singing acrobats of the Asian forest make their home, special fundraising event includes light vegan breakfast, guided tour, silent auction, raffle, children’s area and entertainment, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., advance tickets $10-$35, free for ages 5 or under, group discounts. Info: (661) 296-2737 or

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.

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 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:, 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.

Project Return self-help group
Peer support self-help group meets weekly 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-2 p.m. Thursdays, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, Ste. 200, Valencia. Info: (661) 288-4800.

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 Callender’s, 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.

SCV Koi & Water Garden Club
The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club, meets 4 p.m., fourth Sunday of the month, 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.

‘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:
Sunday, Oct. 3 — Flag football and cheer practice - 4:30 p.m., College of the Canyons Upper Field, 26455 Rockwell Canyon, Canyon Country.
Monday, Oct. 4 — LMS Starz drama club, 6:30 p.m., location to be determined.
Monday, Oct. 11 — LMS Starz drama club, 6:30 p.m., location to be determined.
Saturday, Oct. 16 — Local football game-Canyon vs. Saufus, 7:30-10 p.m., College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium.
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., rooms A1 and A2, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588, Ext. 138.
Wednesdays — Noon-1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held, Activity Room 6.
Wednesday, Oct. 6 — Miguel Palmer, branch manager of the local Social Security Administration office will discuss “Social Security and the Medicare Extra Help Subsidy Program” relative to prescription drug care coverage available through Medicare.
Wednesday, Oct. 13 — Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital presents chiropractor Dr. Roger DeSesa of Valencia Health Care who will discuss “The Healthy Lifestyle.”

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.
Tuesday, Oct. 5 — Worksource orientation, 2-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 6 — Job Hunter’s Club, 2-3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 11 — Resume review, one on one appointment, 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 12 — Older worker’s workshop, 10 a.m.-noon

Level One Reiki class by Joan Darlene
A Level One Reiki Class with Joan Darlene Reiki Master Teacher will be held 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. today at Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call to reserve space (805) 338-7040. Space is limited.

WSET wine education class
DiMaggio Washington will offer a WSET intermediate course on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, with the 1 hour exam on Oct. 24. The cost is $675. The WSET is an internationally accepted Wine Education Program. The class will be conducted 9a.m. to 6 p.m. two Sundays. Students will samples wines from around the world and receive 16 hours of class room instructions with textbook material. The exam will follow two weeks later with a 50 question multiple choice test. Upon passing the student will receive and intermediate Certification and pin that is recognize internationally. For information call (310) 720-5401.

Identify skills and qualifications
Learn to identify your skills, identify skills employers are seeking, effectively communicate your skills to employers and low for ways to further develop your skills, free,  open to the public, noon-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, College of the Canyons, Student Center PDR No. 3, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 362-3286.

Manga Club at Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, (in the shopping Center at the corner of Valencia Blvd./Magic Mountain Parkway),  will host a Manga group 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, Oct. 5. Join the hosts of the brand-new book club, Aaron and Cassie, to discuss your favorite Manga series. Share your favorite Manga and discuss with others who share your interest in Manga. Meet in the event room on the right side of the store.

Men of Harmony concert
The Men of Harmony present a concert with songs from the doo wop era, including the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and other musical periods, free, 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, Round Table Pizza, 23254 Lyons Avenue, Newhall. Info: (661) 424-9009 or

‘Caring for Your Heart’ at Pacific
Speaker and cardiologist Dr. Sam Kojoglanian will speak on the cause and effects of your diet, lifestyle, stressors, aging and how it all affects your heart’s health, free, 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, Pacific Senior Living, 24305 Lyons Ave., Newhall. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 255-3100.

Adult Children of Alcoholics
Beginning Oct. 6, ACA will meet at noon-1:30 p.m., every Tuesday, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, Ste. 200, Valencia. Info: (661) 288-4800.

Bryan Chan’s musical showcase
Live acoustic music from local artists including Chan, Barry Cullison, Jeannie Willis, Kim Acurna, and Andy Rigod, with a sampling of blues, country, Latin and rock, fun for the whole family, 4-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, El Trocadero Steakhouse, 24274 Main St., Newhall. Info:

Free Stellar Kart concert
Award-winning pop-rock band Stellar Kart will perform at South Valley Church, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, 24551 Valley St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-1515.

Betty Ferguson ‘Lunch & Learn’
The Betty Ferguson Foundation welcomes Phillis Stacy-Brooks, founder of Main Street Graphics, as guest speaker for its monthly ‘Lunch & Learn’ program, noon, Tuesday, Oct. 7, Valencia Industrial Center, 25510 W. Ave. Stanford, Ste. 104, Valencia. $10. RSVP required. (661) 702-8712 or

Hart High Choir’s annual fall concert
The Hart High School Show Choir will present its annual fall concert featuring musical numbers from Broadway shows performed by Hart’s award-winning choir, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8, tickets available at the door or in advance. Hart High School Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info:

Autumn sky show and mapping
Find out about stars and constellations and planets visible in the sky during the  early autumn of this year, 7:30 p.m., and learn about the Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WISE) launched last December, 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, California State University Northridge, Bianchi Planetarium, next to Citrus Building, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. $$6 one show, $10 two shows non-students, $4 one show, $7 two shows for students. Info: (818) 677-5601.

Hart High Cheer fall bazaar boutique
Local vendors, facepainting, bake sale, raffle tickets, garage sale items, portion of proceeds benefits Hart High School Cheer team, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9,  Hart High School front parking lot, 24835 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall.  Info:

Community Expo at Sports Complex
The 26th annual SCV Community Expo will feature two exhibit halls with more than 100 exhibitors, free admission and parking, complimentary shuttle service, job fair and flu shots, 100 exhibitors, NASCAR simulator, and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on Sunday, enjoy a motorcycle show and pancake breakfast, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.,Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Point Parkway, Saugus. Info: (661) 702-6977 or

Friends of the Libraries book sale
The Friends of the Libraries of Santa Clarita Valley will hold a book sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Funds from the sale will benefit the Libraries of Santa Clarita. Info: (661) 252-3980.

SCV Escrow Association dinner
Monthly dinner meeting with special guest Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, speaking on local issues and happenings in Sacramento, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. $30 for non-members. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 284-2900.

Metrics in Human Resources
The local chapter of the Professionals in Human Resources Association presents Paul Falcone, renowned author and lecturer, who will give simple and practical tools in Excel to provide meaningful human resources metrics, 8-10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, $65 individual, $50 per person in groups of three or more, Embassy Suites Valencia, 28508 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. Info: (661) 254-4010 or

Empowering Families seminar
“Empowering Families: Making Difficult Decisions for Mom and Dad” seminar with Viki Kind, author of “The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making,” addresses end of life matters, alternate senior living options and how to create peace of mind, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, Pacifica Senior Living, 24305 Lyons Ave., Newhall. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 255-3100.

Explore careers using Discover
Examine your interests, abilities, and values, based on the information you provide about yourself, research specific occupational career areas and more, free,  open to the public, noon-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, College of the Canyons, Student Center PDR No. 3, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 362-3286.

Evening with Dianne Van Hook
The Marvin Silver Adult Education Program presents Dr. Dianne Van Hook and the “People and Events That Have Inspired My Life,” $8 non members, $5 members, students no charge, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Info: (661) 255-6410 or

Astronomical Society meeting
The Ventura County Astronomical will hold its monthly membership meeting with speaker Dr. David R. Law on the topic “Tidal Streams in the Milky Way,” 7:30 p.m.. Friday, Oct. 15, Mesa Union School multipurpose room, 3901 Mesa School Road, Somis. Info: (805) 520-9666.

Genealogical Society meeting
The San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society will hospital a presentation with speaker Gena Philbert Ortega on the topic of “Catholic Church Records,” which can provide a wealth of information to trace ancestors through time, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, Chatsworth Train Station, meeting room, 10038 Old Depot Road, Chatsworth. Info: (818) 349-0878.


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