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Posted: August 19, 2008 7:35 p.m.
Updated: October 21, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 

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Lexus Jazz and Blues Series

The sounds of live jazz and blues bands once again fill Town Center Drive in Valencia during the 10th annual Lexus of Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series. 7-9:30 p.m. on Town Center Drive adjacent to the Hyatt Valencia. No pets or outside food or beverages are allowed. Free. The concert line-up includes: Friday — Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, Aug. 29 — The Delgado Brothers, Sept. 5 — Michael John & the Bottom Line.

Saturday

Carousel Therapeutic Riding Ranch’s 12th Annual Dinner, Auction, Casino and children’s riding demonstration will be held 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Blomgren Family Ranch - 15142 W. Sierra Highway, Saugus. Tickets: $85 to $175. (661) 268-8010.

A “Ghost Hunting Party” will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. Two paranormal researchers will lead ghost hunting sessions in three buildings a the SCVHS’s Heritage Junction. The event will also include a discussion about ghost hunting procedures and equipment, catered dinner, a midnight snack, sleepover in Saugus Train Station’s freight room, continental breakfast and a DVD of evidence captured. Tickets: $185 per person, payable in advance, restricted to a maximum of 16 people. Reservations: (661) 254-1275.

Sept. 6

Annual Oldies and Goodies Car Show,  from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 at Saugus Speedway. General admission $10. Live ‘50s bands, dancing, food, raffles, trophies and prizes. Info: www.saugusspeedway.com or call (661) 259-3886.

Sept. 13
The Foundation for Children’s Dental Health is celebrating its 15th birthday by hosting a Quinceanera on Sept. 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the home of Mayor Bob Kellar. The evening includes live salsa music, dancing, and food. Ticket prices are $100. Proceeds benefit children suffering from a lack of dental care.

For information, call Ericka Watson at (661) 296-8515 or Brendie Bandara at (661) 255-4923.

Sept. 13-14
Circle of Hope will host the fifth annual theatrical tea from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 13-14. Tickets $50 each, and include musical theater, live performances, and a formal English tea in a garden setting.  Circle of Hope is dedicated to financially assisting individuals with breast cancer in the Santa Clarita Valley. Information, (661) 254-5218 or visit www.circleofhopeinc.org.

Sept. 27
The Boy Scouts of America will present the Third Annual Santa Clarita Valley Leaders of Character Recognition dinner on Sept. 27 at the Hyatt Valencia. For attendance or sponsorship inquiries, call (818) 933-0120.

Oct. 4

The Annual Blue Star Mothers Blue Jean Ball to benefit troops and veterans will be held Oct. 4, 5:30-10:30 p.m. at Agua Dulce Vineyard, 9640 Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce. Dinner, dancing,  50/50 door prizes, raffles and silent auction. Denim to Diamonds. Tickets are $45 a person or 10 for $400. Info:  Tina Perez  (661) 299-1451 or Sandy Baer (661) 251-4395.

Upcoming events
SCV Koi & Water Garden Club

The Santa Clarita Koi & Water Garden Club meets on the fourth Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. The club is comprised of people who own or are building ponds that share ideas and experiences. For more information call (661) 259-6437 or visit www.circleofhopeinc.org

Back to School Shopping
The Assistance League of Santa Clarita is featuring “Back to School” shopping through Aug. 30 at their Take Two Resale shop. Proceeds benefit various philanthropic programs, including Operation School Bell.  Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue.-Fri. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat. Donations are always welcome. Take Two Resale shop is located at 24364 Main Street in downtown Newhall. For more information, visit www.assistanceleague-alsc.org or call (661) 255-1991.

YMCA Community Campfire
On Friday at 7 p.m., the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA will be hosting their annual Y-Guides Community Campfire at the YMCA Summit Park at 26147 McBean Parkway The event is free to the public. The 2008 Community Campfire will consist of traditional campfire songs, skits and family building activities. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs. For more information call (661) 253-3593 ext. 7352.

Black Business Committee
The SCV Black Business Committee Mixer will be held on Aug. 28 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the River Village, Lennar Properties off Newhall Ranch Road. For more information call (661) 294-5290 or visit www.scvBlackBusinessCommittee.com.

Democratic Alliance
Santa Clarita’s Democratic Alliance for Action will meet on Aug. 28 at Vincenzo’s Pizza on Lyons Avenue to watch Obama’s Convention acceptance and learn about Novermber’s election. All Democrats are welcome. For more information call (661) 877-2775.

Ghost Hunting Party at SCVHS
The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and the American Paranormal Research Association will host a ghost hunting part at Heritage Junction Park on Aug. 30. Participants will enjoy a discussion about ghost hunting equipment and procedures, a catered dinner, a ghost-hunting session in three buildings at Heritage Junction, a sleepover in Saugus Train Station’s freight room, and more. The cost of this experience is $185 per person and is restricted to a maximum of 16 people. For more information, call (661) 254-1275.

Heart Link Network

The Heart Link Network is a monthly relaxed dinner/networking gathering for women. This unique experience enables you to meet great women like yourself, who help one another grow their businesses and strengthen their community. The meeting is  on Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to 25 women. For  information or to RSVP, e-mail kellihagen@gmail.com or call (661) 513-0662.

Evening of Music for Choir
Hart High’s Award Winning Show Choir will host an evening of music 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hart High Auditorium, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. The event features  the all-male a cappella group, the Harvard Din & Tonics.  In addition, many of Hart Show Choir’s alumni will  also perform. Tickets: Students and seniors $10. General admission $15, Premium Seating Tickets (Front/Center)  $20. Tickets can be purchased online through Paypal (www.hartshowchoirfundraiser.com). E-mail for more information: hartchoirfundraiser@hotmail.com.

Castaic Seniors Club Events
Sept. 5 — Denny’s at 9 a.m.
Sept. 12 — Grandparent’s Day celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. in the community room at the Castaic Sports Complex. RSVP to (661) 775-8865.
Sept. 19 — Jack Freech presentation on jewelry at 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 26 — Recreation Day from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Castaic Lake Programs
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting two new programs at Castaic Lake Recreation Area. For Movies at the Lake, the community is invited to bring snacks, a comfortable chair or blanket and enjoy a family movie in Paradise Cove on the lagoon. Vehicle parking is $11 but the movie is free. Movies are scheduled for Sept. 5 and Oct. 3. A Summer Campfire Talk Series will be held  Saturdays at the new campground amphitheater, on the east side of the lagoon, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. Info:  (661) 257-4050.

History of the Ridge Route

The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will present a lecture 2 p.m. Sept. 6 on the History of the Ridge Route. Harrison Scott, executive director of the Ridge Route Preservation Organization and author of the recently published book “ Lost Hotels on California’s Historic Ridge Route “, will deliver a talk at the historic Saugus Train Station at Heritage Junction within William S. Hart Park on 24101 Newhall Ave. (formerly San Fernando Road) in Newhall. He will also be signing copies of his new book. The general public is welcome. Admission will be free. For  information call Pat Saletore or Alan Pollack at (661)254-1275, www.scvhs.org.

COC Computer Classes
College of the Canyons is offering a series of free one-day computer classes covering several different topics. Classes will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 6 through Nov. 15 on the COC Valencia Campus, Towsley Hall room 105. Registration is required. For more information, call (661) 362-3300 or visit www.canyons.edu/communityed.

Therapy with Horses
Heads Up Therapy with horses for disabled children will be holding a volunteer training class on Sept. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. To sign up or for more information, call (661) 298-2687.

Hart Cheer Spirit Day
Hart High School will host a cheer clinic in the gym on Sept. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Open to ages 5-12. $40 registration before Aug. 20, $45 after. Forms available at www.harths.org. Click on “performing arts” and then “cheerleading.” For more information, call (661) 259-7575.

A Night Under the Stars
On  Sept. 13 at 5 p.m., Old Town Newhall Association will present A Night Under the Stars at the Silver Horseshoe Saloon.  Dinner, casino and music by Riders of the Purple Sage included. For reservations, call (661) 253-0790 or visit www.otna.info.

Master Chorale Auditions
The Santa Clarita Master Chorale is holding auditions for new members on Sept. 13 at the Valencia United Methodist Church.  The Chorale rehearses weekly from September through June and presents a three-concert series in December, March and June.   To obtain specific audition requirements and to schedule an audition, please contact the Santa Clarita Master Chorale at (661) 254-8886 or e-mail info@scmasterchorale.org.

Dental Health Fiesta
The Foundation for Children’s Dental Health is celebrating its 15th birthday by hosting a Quinceanera on Sept. 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the home of Mayor Bob Kellar. The evening includes live salsa music, dancing, and food. Ticket prices are $100. Proceeds benefit children in our valley suffering from  a lack of dental care. For more information, call Ericka Watson at (661) 296-8515 or Brendie Bandara at (661) 255-4923.

Children’s Safety Fair
The Valley Trauma Counseling Center will be hosting a Children’s Safety Fair on Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center. For more information, contact Jae Farkas at jae@valleytrauma.org or at (818) 756-5335.

SCV History Lecture Series
Every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. between Sept. 17 and Nov. 19, the SCV Historical Society will present a series of lectures by John Boston on the history of the Santa Clarita Valley. The class will be held at a different location each week. The fee for the class is $120 plus a $20 materials/location fee. For more information or to register, visit www.scvhs.org o call (661) 254-1275.

Hollister Ship Reunion
USS Hollister (DD-788) crew reunion in Branson, Mo., on Sept. 17-21. Shipmates are being sought. Contact Nelda Rupp, 15440 SE Hartnell Ave., Portland, OR 97267. Call at (503) 656-4949 or e-mail at hnrupp@comcast.net.

ay for Kids
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley and the City of Santa Clarita are partnering to offer the third annual Day for Kids. It will be held on Sept. 20, from 12-5 p.m. in Newhall Park.  More than 70 community organizations will provide free entertainment, games, food, carnival rides, and a raffle.  For more information, call (661) 254-CLUB.

LARC Annual Fundraiser
“Elvis is in the House” the LARC Foundation annual fundraiser will  be held 1 p.m. on Sept. 21. Lunch and entertainment, featuring Raymond Michael, Elvis impersonator. Tickets: $125 adults, $50 children and $325 family package includes two adult and two child tickets. Information: (661) 296-8636 ext. 219.

Leaders of Character
The Boy Scouts of America will present the Third Annual Santa Clarita Valley Leaders of Character Recognition dinner on Sept. 27 at the Hyatt Valencia. For attendance or sponsorship inquiries, call (818) 933-0120.

Antique and Collectors Fair
Antique and collectors fair will be held on Sept. 28, starting at 8 a.m. at College of the Canyons, Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia, parking lot eight. Fair will run the last Sunday of every month.

Heritage Haunt Blood Drive

The Heritage Haunt Community Blood Drive will be held 2 to 8 p.m., Oct. 1  at the Saugus Station at the SCV Historical Society, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Sign up and donate blood to receive a free ticket for the Heritage Haunt. Contact: Scott Sivley at (661) 254-1275 or visit www.givelife.org and enter sponsor code: scvhistorical.

Evening of Inspiration
LETMESAIL is planning an “Evening of Inspiration” featuring motivational speaker Patrick Henry Hughes at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. For more information call (661) 702-8555.

Field Trips on the Train
Vintage trains depart at 10 a.m. on select weekdays and travel to the Fillmore Fish Hatchery. Also, in October each year, a train travels to a private pumpkin patch. For information about a unique school field trip, call Fillmore & Western Railway Co. at (805) 524-2546 or visit www.fwry.com.

Hart Class of ‘68 Reunion
The Hart High School Class of 1968 40th class reunion will be held 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 18 at El Chaparral Mexican restaurant,  Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. RSVP or to submit pictures for the memory book, contact Karen Deason Campbell at (209) 862-1898 or shutterqueen1950@yahoo.com.

ubber Ducky Regatta
Thee Samuel Dixon Family Health Center’s sixth Annual Rubber Ducky Regatta on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Castaic Lake.  The rubber duck race will be held at 1 p.m.  For information about duck adoptions, visit www.duckrace.com/scv. For general information, call (661) 257-2339, ext. 302 or visit www.sdfhc.org.

entennial Celebration
The Saugus Union School District centennial celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Bridgeport Elementary School park, 23670 Newhall Ranch Road.

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