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Posted: November 23, 2010 9:40 p.m.
Updated: November 23, 2010 9:40 p.m.
 

Saturday, Dec. 4
Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Old West Masonic Center, 19310 Avenue of the Oaks, Friendly Valley. Breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits, juice, milk and coffee, each child’s ticket includes a photo with Santa and special gift, members of the Old West Masonic Center will conduct child I.D. program at no cost to participants, all children must be accompanied by adult ticket holder. Info: (661) 252-2706 or orchidanni@att.net.

Placerita Canyon Nature Center Craft Faire, make live greenery wreaths, centerpieces, dip candles, and make pine cone holiday gifts, quite raffle prize, and more, 10 a.m-3 p.m, Saturday and Sunday, kid’s crafts $2, wreaths $12 (includes all supplies), 19152 W. Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Info: (661) 259-7721 or www.placerita.org.

Women’s Ministry of Acton Faith Bible Church’s 13th Annual Holiday Boutique, vendors, food, bake sale, raffle, free coffee, 8 a.m.-2 p.m, High Desert School multi-purpose room, 3620 Antelope Woods, Acton.

Castaic Lake’s 17th Annual Winter Magic Lighted Boat Parade, food, snacks, visit from Santa, “snow” to play in, bring an unwrapped $10 toy for Toys for Tots and receive 10 raffle tickets, bring a canned food item and receive one raffle ticket, 2 p.m., parade begins at 5 p.m., boat parade entries are free. 32132 Castaic Lake Road, Castaic. Free admission after 4 p.m. Info: (661) 257-4050 or www.castaiclake.com.

Fourth Annual Santa Clarita Literacy & Arts Festival, entertainment, activities, books, music, art, ice sculptures, theatrical productions, rock balancing, story village, vendors, and food, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Newhall Park, 24933 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 414-4465.

30th Annual Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Holiday Home Tour offers an intimate view of three elaborately decorated custom homes, 9 a.m.-4 p.m, $30, benefits the upcoming neonatal intensive care unit at Newhall Memorial. Home Tour Boutique occurs simultaneously at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, handmade crafts and food, free entrance and coffee, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info: www.henrymayo.com or (661) 253-8061.

Sunday, Dec. 5
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will light the Community Tree at the 25th annual Community Tree Lighting celebration which 2-5 p.m. on the hospital campus, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Crafts, refreshments,  music and entertainment provided by hospital staff, local school’s children choirs, dance studios, and performers. Santa and Mrs. Claus will usher in the holiday season and light the holiday tree at dusk.

 Friday, Dec. 10
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital presents a free community health fair with 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, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Santa Clarita Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 253-8408 or www.henrymayo.com.

Holiday help for SCV nonprofits
In anticipation of the holidays, the Santa Clarita City Council has begun a special program to assist local nonprofits during these financially challenging times.  A new website: www.santa-clarita.com/helpfortheholidays offers nonprofits an opportunity to list their holiday wish lists. Residents, businesses, everyone can then reach out to local nonprofits and assist them with their needs.

Richardson award applications
Soroptomist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley’s Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime, violence, cleaning up the environment, and working to end discrimination or poverty, club-level winners first receive $500, then are eligible for awards up to $1,000. Download application from club website. Info: www.SIGSCV.org or kdschnurr@gmail.com.

Hoefflin Foundation seeks holiday help
The Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer is looking for donors to help with holiday gift baskets for families it serves and to cover the cost of the baskets, and/or the cost of the grocery gift cards that will be included.  If you can help (661) 250-4100 or e-mail Anita at anitas@mhf.org.

All Valley
LeTip meeting
Network with local professionals and business owners at the All Valley LeTip meeting, 7 a.m., every Thursday, Valencia Embassy Suites, 28508 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. Info: scvtax@att.net.

Santa Clarita       Silvertone Singers
You are invited to join the Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers & Rhythm Review every Monday from 1:30-3 p.m., Bouquet Canyon Senior Living Facility (rec. room), 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: (661) 713-8634.

Take Two resale store holiday sale
Assistance League Santa Clarita’s Take Two resale store has Christmas decorations and merchandise available. Store hours: Monday, 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 24634 Main St., Newhall. Info: (661) 255-1991.

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

Operation Thank Our Troops
Annual community collection drive for military care packages, items need include granola bars, beef jerky, white and black cotton sport socks, canned ravioli with pop tops, batteries, international phone cards, gloves, beanies, flashlights, treats and toys for dogs, as well as card and letters of support. Drop off donations to barrels at Vons, Ralph’s, Albertson’s, and Pavillions through late Nov. Large item pick up available. Info: (818) 606-9677 or prayerangelsforthemilitary@yahoo.com.

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 Player’s Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Info: (661) 877-5544 or www.sigscv.org.

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:  www.ccscsports.org, Don Gately, (661) 255-8873.

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.

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, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Free. For info and book selections visit www.BettyFerguson.org 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, special Christmas box for $36. 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 StitchFromHeart@aol.com.

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.

Toastmaster Specialty Club
Watch, listen and participate in efforts to become a better one on one or public speaker, 5:30 p.m., every other Tuesday (Dec. 7), Specialty Labs Building, 27027 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 877-7867.

Trifecta Triple Crown registration
Registion for triathlon, running, and cycling events open online Dec. 1 for four-day sports festival based in Town Center on June 2-5, 2011. Info: www.trifectaworld.com or events@tricalifornia.com.

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.

Adult Children of Alcoholics
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.

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.
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:
Saturday, Dec. 11 — Holidays at the Races game night, location TBD, 7-9:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 13 — Cooking Club holiday houses and supper foods, Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus, 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 16 — Annual Bucks & Lights event, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 — Job Hunter’s Club, 2-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 30 — Worksource Orientation, 11 a.m.-noon and Transferable skills, 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 7 — Worksource orientation, 2-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 8 — Job Hunter’s Club, 2-3:30 p.m
Thursday, Dec. 9 — Resume building, 2-4 p.m.

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, Nov. 28 - Evie & All That Jazz; $6 senior center members, $7 jazz club members, $10 nonmembers, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4220.

Santa Clarita
Street Fair
Vendors offer arts, crafts, handmade items, plus new merchandise by valley entrepreneurs, gourmet food trucks from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., entertainment, attractions for kids, family friendly, free admission and parking, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28, College of the Canyons, Lot 8, adjacent to football stadium, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 299-2139 or www.SantaClaritaStreetFair.com.

Christmas in the Country rescheduled
Boutique and more fundraiser to benefit 4H. Jump on your reindeer and come enjoy holiday shopping, horseback rides, face painting, vendor booths, riding demos and other activities. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos.  Gourmet treats and seasonal baked goods. Entertainment including dancing horses and ropers  Admission is free Sunday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oak Creek Corral 27345 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country.  More info www.canyoncountrymustangs4Hclub.org.

Sleigh Bells & Sandals
Join the Santa Clarita Master Chorale to celebrate a southwest Christmas with “Carols and Lullabies” by San Francisco Conservatory of Music composer Conrad Susa and Christmas songs from Argentine folk music composer Ariel Ramirez, family-friendly, 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, 3:30 p.m, Sunday, Dec. 5,$26 general admission or $21 seniors, students and children, Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: www.scmasterchorale.org.

Saugus High
Dance clinic
Dance clinic for boys and girls in grades K through 12, no dance experience necessary, each child will receive a T-shirt and learn dance techniques and a routine to perform for family and friends at the end of the day, includes pizza, drinks, games, hairstyling and makeup, $30, taught by the national award-winning Saugus High Dance Team, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, Saugus High School gym, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. Info: (661) 645-2234.

ALS support group meets in Valencia
Support group for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), their families and friends, free, 1-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (818) 865-8607, ext. 234.

Book launch and fundraiser
Party and concert to celebrate the launch of Santa Clarita Valley author Jerry Citarella’s “The Truth Helps: Your Guide to a Successful Financial Planning Experience,” benefits SCV Youth Project and Relay For Life, 5 p.m, Saturday, Dec. 4. Info: www.thetruthhelpsyou.com/events or (661) 255-9555, ext. 11.

Manga Club at Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia will host a manga group at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 in the event room on the right side of the bookstore. Come and discuss your favorite manga series. The club meets the first Tuesday of each month.

SCV Escrow Assoc. Holiday Party
The Santa Clarita Valley Escrow Association will host its annual installation dinner and holiday party, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. $50 includes dinner and entertainment. Donations and toys will be collected for SCAAN. Info: (661) 284-2900.

Beast Holiday Run/Walk for Food
Fourth annual holiday scaling of The Beast, a dirt and gravel fire road, to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, $20 pledge earns T-shirt, start time 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, sponsored by Santa Clarita Runners and Superior Alarm Systems. Info: www.donsdiary.net.

“Pit Stops” Signing & Reading
Author and journalist Michelle Sathe will sign and read her new book “Pit Stops: Crossing the Country with Loren the Rescue Bully,” special appearance by Loren the dog, who is available for photo opportunities, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, Kriser’s for Your Pet, 24272 Valencia Boulevard, Valencia. Info: www.pitstopsbook.com or (661) 259-2361.

VVA Chapter 355 Christmas Party
Lost Patrol VVA Chapter 355 will host its annual Christmas party, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, families, friends and veterans welcome, Agua Dulce Women’s Club, 33201 Agua Dulce Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Info: (818) 508-9626.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony
The Santa Clarita Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will host their annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony for bereaved family members to honor the memories of children, siblings and grandchildren, special program includes music, live performers and poems, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, Canyon country Park, 17615 W. Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-4654.

‘Follow the Star’ live program
Bethlehem Lutheran Church presents Follow the Star, a live dramatic program that portrays scenes from the life of Christ, drive or walk thru, 6-8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10-Sunday, Dec. 12, 27303 Luther Dr., Canyon Country. (661) 252-0622.

‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet
Santa Clarita Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker,’ a classic program and holiday tradition for Santa Clarita Valley families, 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, and 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, $26-$30, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 251-0366 or www.canyonspac.com.

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