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Posted: December 28, 2010 11:02 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch
Friday, Dec. 31

Repertory East Playhouse presents Carnivale di Venezia, includes petite buffet by RSVP Catering, complimentary wine from Engelmann Cellars, Champagne toast, and dancing throughout the New Year, $65 per person or $100 couples, 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 31, 24266 Main St., Newhall. Info: (661) 288-0000 or

Circle of Hope Hosts New Year’s Eve Gala: Vegas in SCV. Step back in time with Elvis at Casino Circle of Hope from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at Blessed Kateri Church. Tickets include a chance to try your hand at black jack, poker or craps plus dinner, dancing and many special surprises throughout the evening. Space is limited. Tax-deductible tickets are available online or by phone. Info: (661) 254-5218 or
An Empire State of Mind New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Oaks Grille, 6:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m., ring in 2011 with a special black tie affair featuring the Acoustic Knuckleheads, the Grand Central Cocktail Hour and a New York inspired four course dinner, $79 per person (does not include tax or service charge. Reservations required. Info: (661) 288.1995 x104.

Jan. 7
The sixth annual Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival returns to the Repertory East Playhouse with independent films from national, regional and local talents, including films made by local youth, all ages, 6-10 p.m, $5-$8, 24266 Main St., Newhall. Info: (661) 251-0274.

Sunday, Jan. 9
The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will host a free rose care seminar at 2:30 p.m., located at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Rose consultants Bob Belendez, Kitty Belendez, and Steve Jones will demonstrate how to properly prune various types of roses and how to plant bare root roses. For more information contact Kitty Belendez at (661) 296-5033, or e-mail RSVP.

Jan. 22 and 23
Electronic waste disposal event allows residents the opportunity to properly recycle end-of-life or end-of-usage computer monitors, television sets, computer systems, printers, laptops, copiers, scanners, fax machines, toner cartridges, power supplies, main frame units, networking equipment, mother board systems, VCRs, VCDs, DVDs, home entertainment systems, landline, cellular phones, car and forklift batteries. $5 service fee for microwave ovens. Not accepted items include refrigerators, washers, dryers, fluorescent light bulbs, and household batteries, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hart High School, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Drive through front circular drive. Info: (661) 755-2153.

Jan. 1 - Jan. 31
Saugus Swap Meet is collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets for its One Warm Coat community service project.  Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome. Bring coats and jackets to the Saugus Swap Meet located at 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus, on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 7 a.m.  and 2 p.m. from January 1 through January 31.  All donated coats will be given to the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter for distribution to local people in need.

Upcoming Events
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: or

Violet Richardson Award
Soroptomist International of Santa Clarita Valley will awards $500-$1,000 to young women ages 14-17 who volunteer in the community or at school, applications are being accepted for the 2011 Richardson award, deadline is Jan. 15, 2011. Info: (661) 645-5643 or

Host families needed
Cultural Bridges is looking for families willing to host one or two teenagers from India from Dec. 30-Jan. 18. Students range from 13 to 17 and include both boys and girls. Hosts provide room and board and transportation to and from the weekday tour departure point at Valencia United Methodist Church. Weekends will be free for individual activities with the host families. Info: (661) 269-8527.

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:

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.

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

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

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 Callender’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.

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. Info: (818) 508-9626.

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 online with credit card or pick up an order form at Valencia Methodist United, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia.  Info: (661) 255-1301.

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 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. Info: (805) 521-1501 or

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

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.

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

Fibromyalgia support group
Support group meeting second Saturday of every month, 10:30-noon, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 270-1961 or e-mail

Senior Orchestra seeks players
Bring your instrument and join the fun, all instruments and skill levels welcome, 3:30 p.m, Thursdays, Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments, multi-purpose room, 26705 Bouquet Canyon, Saugus. Info: (661) 298-9553 or (661) 296-4977.

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.

Learn to curl at Ice Station Valencia
Ice Station Valencia and the Hollywood Curling Club will host Learn-to-Curl Clinics for beginners ages 8 to adult, 7:45-10 p.m., Sundays, $15 per person, parties of four or more $10 per person, bring rubber soled shoes, warm sweater, jacket, and gloves, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Info:

Hart Park Walk Club
“Walking for Health,” under the direction of William S. Hart Park recreation services leader, Laurie Bevington, light exercise with optional walking paths and pedestrian trails (3K), free, 9:15-10:45 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, meet at Hart Park log cabin, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 702-8953.

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, Jan. 5 — Nursing professionals from Senior Helps In Home Care will present “What caregivers need to know about proper body mechanics and safe transfers.” A presentation on veteran’s benefits will also be provided.
Wednesday, Jan. 12 — Audiologist Randall Bartlett of Audiology Services of Newhall will provide free hearing rests, primarily for people who don’t wear hearing aids (all hearing related questions are welcome).
Wednesday, Jan. 12 — Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital presentation to be announced.
Wednesday, Jan. 19 — Jane M. McNamara, an elder law attorney and probate expert, will discuss “Probate; what it is and how to avoid it.”
Wednesday, Jan. 26 — Registered dietitian Lori Robinson will provide free blood sugar testing in room A-6. (Please refrain from eating/drinking four hours before test).
Wednesday, Jan. 26 — The Center for Health Care Rights and Providence Health & Services will present “An update on HMOs.”

ALS/Lou Gehrig’s support group
Santa Clarita Valley support group for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), their families and friends, 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 4, free, Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (818) 865-8067, ext. 234.

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 (Jan. 4), Specialty Labs Building, 27027 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 877-7867.

Griefshare support group
Griefshare is a group that meets to help people who have had a loved one die and need help negotiating the grief that ensures, 13-week program, start anytime, onetime fee of $20 for materials, 7 p.m., Tuesdays starting Jan. 4, 2011, NorthPark Community Church, 28310 Kelly Johnson Parkway, Saugus. Info: Pastor Bob Lininger at (661) 296-6784.

Docent Naturalist training
The Placerita Canyon Nature Center hosts its annual docent naturalist training classes, nine-work course, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 11, learn from experts in their fields about local history, native plants, geology, anthropology, and archaeology. Info:

History of Film/TV in the SCV
Lectures, guest speakers, and clips from several of the films and television shows filmed in the Santa Clarita Valley, as well as trips to the actual locations, taught by EJ Stephens, 1-4 p.m., four Saturdays beginning Jan. 8, 2011, $50 for course, classes held at Saugus Train Station, Heritage Junction, Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-1275 or

Do’s and don’ts for wedding planning
Hosted by the Santa Clarita Wedding and Events professionals, this seminar will offer money-saving tips, bride keepsakes, wedding planning book, champagne, appetizers and a wedding cake, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 296-6191.

Career services workshops
College of the Canyons career services workshops are free. Open to the public on a first come, first serve basis and take place at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia, Student Center 128, unless otherwise indicated. Info: (661) 362-3286.
Wednesday, Feb. 23 — How to create a professional online network using LinkedIn, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1 — How to survive and thrive on the job explores how to keep your new job by being aware of what could go wrong and understanding employer expectations.
Wednesday, March 9 — How to prepare for the interview offers an overview of common mistakes individuals make during interviews, sample interview questions, questions to ask, and thank you letters, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15 — How to conduct effective salary negotiations offers tips on the do’s and don’ts of negotiating, responding to salary history requests, alternate forms of compensation and more, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 23 — How to create an effective resume offers tips on different types of resumes, cover letters, references and more, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29 — How to prepare for a job fair offers tips on what to expect from a job fair, overview of resume techniques, interviewing skills, job search and applications, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.


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