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Posted: October 5, 2010 9:06 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.

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

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 Pointe Parkway, Saugus. Info: (661) 702-6977 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 their 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

Event tickets are on sale now for the Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley third annual Wine Affair. Town Center Drive in the Westfield Valencia Town Center 2-6 p.m. “Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds” at 12 venues each featuring wine tasting, food and live musical entertainment: This event is limited to participants age 21 and over. Tickets are $40 in advance and may be purchased at or by sending a check to SIGSCV, Attention: The Wine Affair, P.O. Box 801352, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-1352.

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

Water Challenge Scholarship

Castaic Lake Water Agency Scholarship Program is open to all high school students in the Santa Clarita Valley with scholarships awarded from $500 to $7,000 for investigating water issues in the SCV, creative and innovate individual or team projects, scholarship for continuing education after high school. Deadline is Oct. 12. Info: (click on school education).

Soroptomist Intl. of Greater SCV

Soroptomist International of the Greater Santa Clarita Valley meets at 11:30 a.m. every second Tuesday for a speaker luncheon and 6:30 p.m. every fourth Wednesday for a business mixer, Tournament Players Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Info: (661) 877-5544 or

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.

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.

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, options range between $21-$41, order deadline is Friday, Oct. 22, distribution is Saturday, Oct. 30, order online with credit card or pick up an order form at Valencia Methodist United, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. 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 Callender’s, 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.

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:
Monday, Oct. 11 — LMS Starz drama club, 6:30 p.m., location to be determined.
Saturday, Oct. 16 — Local football game-Canyon vs. Saugus, 7:30-10 p.m., College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium.
Sunday, Oct. 17 — Flag football and cheer tournament, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia.
 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.
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

‘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 October 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.

Eat at Dink’s Deli, Help the Children
From Oct. 3 through Oct. 10, eat at one of the three Dink’s Deli locations in the Santa Clarita Valley and 15 percent of the bill will be donated to Help the Children of the Santa Clarita Valley. Request flyer from Wendi at Help the Children. Info:

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, Thursday, 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 with WISE
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.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9,  Hart High School front parking lot, 24835 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall.  Info:

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.

Route 66 Classic Car show
Live band, food, and more than 200 classic cars on display, 100 percent of proceeds benefits the Safe Rides Foundation, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. (661) 298-1494.

SCV Escrow Assoc. meeting
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.

College Bound Strategies seminars
Free seminar with Mick Endersbe, nationally known expert on the college funding and admissions process, Monday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Golden Valley High School, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m., Valencia High School, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., Canyon High School, Thursday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m., William S. Hart High School. Info:

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 #3, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 362-3286.

Evening with Dr. 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


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